• vacation

    The Pacific Northwest: The best place on earth (+ bear sighting!)

    by  • August 9, 2009 • anniversary, British Columbia, Canada, food, friends, photography, Seattle, summer, vacation, Vancouver, wedding • 1 Comment

    posted by Sarah Last week, we took a trip to Vancouver to scout out an apartment (which we found and want YOU to come visit us) and had some fun and diverting events along the way. About an hour after setting off, a tire blew out on the freeway. Joel got his first “real life” […]

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    Portland trip

    by  • August 2, 2009 • friends, Oregon, Portland, summer, vacation, wine • 0 Comments

    posted by Sarah About 2 weeks ago, we had the opportunity to explore Oregon’s Willamette Valley wine country, and also catch up with some old friends from college in Portland. It was a great vacation and reunion! We stayed at this B&B in Newberg, a beautifully preserved/restored craftsman style house with an excellent breakfast. We […]

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    5 weeks left

    by  • May 29, 2009 • travel, vacation • 0 Comments

    posted by Sarah So we have recently switched to posting on our blogs via email, because the Great Firewall has inconveniently blocked blogging sites in preparation for the 20th anniversary of the Tiananmen Square massacre. More on that later… Today, however, I'll post a little about the Duan Wu Festival – literally meaning the summer […]

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    Nanjing in 48 hours

    by  • April 28, 2009 • China, vacation • 1 Comment

    posted by SarahSince we had a three day weekend last week (Joel usually has to teach on Saturdays) we took advantage of the free time and spectacular spring weather to visit the city of Nanjing, perhaps best known in the US for the Nanking Massacre – which occurred at the start of WWII. Located in […]

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    Suzhou in 36 hours (差不多)

    by  • April 20, 2009 • China, vacation • 0 Comments

    posted by Sarah We have often heard about Suzhou, because it’s linked to Hanzhou in an old saying: “上有天堂,下有蘇杭” which translates as: “Above is heaven, below is Su-Hang (the cities of Suzhou & Hangzhou).” We decided to take a weekend trip to the city whose legendary beauty is matched only by our own Hangzhou. The […]

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    Holiday Break

    by  • January 7, 2007 • christmas, vacation • 1 Comment

    Sarah writes: Our cute little Christmas tree in Eureka We had a nice relaxing time over the Christmas break to hang out with family and friends in Spokane, WA and Denver, CO. The first leg of our journey was actually driving 5 hours south to San Francisco to fly out of the Oakland airport to […]

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    Thanksgiving weekend

    by  • November 27, 2006 • Napa, Thanksgiving, vacation • 1 Comment

    posted by SarahJoel and I had a really great weekend driving down south to Napa Valley (wine country) and Sacramento (to see friends). Here are some pictures documenting our travels: We ate Thanksgiving dinner here at the Blue Wing Saloon in Upper Lake, a quaint town next to Clear Lake (a lake). It was a […]

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    Labor Day Weekend

    by  • September 5, 2006 • camping, summer, vacation • 3 Comments

    Summer is winding down and Joel & I went away from the coast (a chilly 60 degrees) to soak up the last dregs of warmth before things really decide to cool down. We went camping with some newfound friends (and their baby) to a private campsite in a charming one-horse town called Miranda, about an […]

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    Seattle & Portland trip

    by  • August 21, 2006 • Portland, Seattle, vacation • 4 Comments

    We had a great time visiting friends in Seattle & Portland! It was a great relief from the drudgery of “real life” and a wonderful time of getting together and seeing what everyone was up to. Plus, the whole trip pretty much revolved around eating meals with friends, and you can’t go wrong with that […]

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