40 Hours in Taiwan

Well – the BEST part of staying at the Hyatt Incheon is that it’s owned/operated by Korean Air. We could check our bags at the hotel and catch the shuttle bus without shlepping all of bags to the airport! Loved it! Once we landed in Taipei, our driver took us through the heavy traffic to…

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Yonsei University in Wonju

The drive to Wonju took about 2 hours. The country-side was rolling hills, farms and a truck stop – looked familiar! The Yonsei campus in Wonju is beautiful! It’s heavily wooded and hilly (similar to Ohio U in Athens, but more compact) and has an amphitheater at the edge of a lake. We were greeted…

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Korea – Day 2

Today we caught a train to the LG-Chem division in Daejeon. Mike and I were staying there overnight so we were carting luggage. The train station was a busy place – business people, regular travelers, school groups and 4 tall Americans – I was the shorted in the group! Trains are a great way to…

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The 38th Parallel

We are off to South Korea today! Direct flight from Zhengzhou to Incheon – the town outside Seoul, SK where the airport is located. Great flight – the food was Korean noodles with spicy bbq sauce. We had our hotel driver pick us up – going in the middle of the afternoon was great –…

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Sias University

It has been a few days since my last report! If you want to teach English overseas, or are a college student and want to study overseas, you should strongly consider Sias University in Zhengzhou (pronounced Jen Jo), China. The President of the University, Dr. Shawn Chen,  has created an amazing international, global village. Part of…

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Dream of the Song Dynasty

Our last evening in Kaifeng we attended the most amazing performance! Millennial Park is an outdoor cultural amusement park covering many acres. In the mornings there is an opening ceremony and all types of activities that preserve traditional Chinese entertainments. Puppet shows, stilt walkers, acrobats – all fabulous! For the evening performance we sat in…

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Kaifeng and Henan University

We left Xi’an on the fast train to Zhengzhou (pronounced JenJo). At times the train was traveling at 328 k/h, which is 200 miles per hour! The ride was incredibly smooth and the scenery fabulous! We saw huge mountains, some rivers and every available spot cultivated. There were charming villages with tile roofs and nuclear…

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Morsels

Ok – back to food! Chinese food, as prepared here, is very simple; beautiful presentation. Almost no sauces.  If there is a sauce, it’s very light. Soups are always clear broth based. We had the BEST noodles (sorry, Gram) in Xi’an. They were freshly made on site and served in a clear broth with beef…

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Food!

Chinese food in America will never be the same! Mainly because it’s the American version of real Chinese food. Meals here are served with cold dishes first and then warm. There are at least 4 dishes to start and we have ended up with over 20 dishes on the lazy-susan. Most meals are served with…

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Page 2 – Rest of the Day

Okay – some feedback was that the Terra Cotta warrior post was too much like a history lesson! Sorry – it’s difficult to capture the size and immensity of the site and intricate detail of the artifacts! Anyway, onward! Well, it’s hard to imagine, but we left the Terra Cotta Warriors and went to see…

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