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Wat Kudi Lai: Escape to Thailand (Part I)

I eagerly departed from China, the climate a biting 37 F and the sun still asleep. Half a day later, I stepped out of the Bangkok airport and into an airless and ovenlike 93 F, poorly overdressed in thick jeans and … Continue reading

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Pinching Pennies- Savoring China

When a heaping plateful at our favorite noodle shop costs approximately $1.75 (11 kuai) it’s easy to want to eat out every meal of the day. Food is cheap (with a capital C) and, being in a country with so … Continue reading

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A Day in the Life of Ms. Reese

I teach ESL (English as a Second Language) to 686 freshman boys at a marine engineering university. This is my first year of teaching. After re-reading that statement I see how ridiculous it must sound. But, hey. I’m in China, a … Continue reading

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Too Big for China

I saw this coming, but naively I kept my fingers crossed that finding clothes and shoes in China wouldn’t be too challenging. Of course, it’s not exactly easy for me to find things that fit in the United States either, so … Continue reading

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