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Monday, September 27, 2004

Chinese Courtyard:

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Our last scheduled event in Beijing was a trip to a Traditional Chinese courtyard. This courtyard was very beautiful and large. While there, I just sat and took in the beauty of this place and could hardly believe how old it is. In this courtyard there was a large duck pond with orange goldfish, many buildings, and a huge rock formation (that you could climb). It reminded me a lot of the Chinese garden in Portland OR- but this one is a few hundred years old and actually in China. imageimage
(Special Thanks to Kent for all the photos on this blog)

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Goodbye Beijing and all our new friends:

It was a sad day on the 11th of September, because it was time to say goodbye to Capital Normal University.

The university was an awesome place for us to stay and learn about the Chinese culture. Thank you too all the professors and staff for making our stay at Capital Normal a very memorable experience.
A special thank you to our friend, Fred, (tour guide) who made Beijing come alive and who went above and beyond the call of his duty. Beijing would have not been the same with out him. So, thanks for everything Fred.

We also made a lot of friends with people from Europe and the US. To all of you- it was nice to have people to talk to and also to help us get around town. Thank you everyone for making Beijing a great first stop on our busy semester studying abroad.

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(Leia, Mckayla and their new friend Theresa (US) and Sarah (UK)

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The Largest Dam in the world:

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This trip the Three Gorge Dam Project was a really awesome experience, because, as with the Great Wall, it fulfilled a dream of mine - to see this project.

Unfortunately, this dam is causing 1.3 million people to relocate and destroying a lot of Chinese heritage in the process. On the other hand, it is going to alleviate the electricity shortage for the growing Chinese economy and also control the Yangtze flooding problems. When it is completed, it will be the largest dam in the world. I was truly amazed at the size of the project.
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Up the Yangtze with out a Paddle:

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We spent 3 days traveling up the Yangtze River in China. It is a very beautiful and scenic part of China. One of the most interesting parts of our trip was the trip to the three Gorges.
While on the boat I think most of our group got a true sense of the Chinese culture. We were the only westerners and there was not a single western toilet! The trip truly pushed some of us out of our comfort zone. We took a two night boat ride up the Yangtze River and a trip through the Three Gorges.

This was one of the most beautiful canyons I have ever visited. It was a very peaceful boat ride for me and I was really glad that we were able to experience this part of China.
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We Have Internet - Yeah!!!!

Well, after spending a total of around four hours with the Ibaraki Christian College tech people I was able to set up my computer and start loading up blog entries.  You can expect entries on a more regular basis now. Thanks for being patient. I will start up loading Smugmug photos this week too.

Always Here,
Jon
PS. If you have any questions email me .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

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Wednesday, September 29, 2004

OC/Cascade Pac-Rimmers loses a heart breaker: Danny Kratzer

imageHubei University of Economics takes its foreign soccer matches very seriously. This morning we were each presented with our own school jerseys and shorts for the afternoon soccer game. OC boasts an enrollment of (fill in the blank); today over 2000 students of the Hubei University of Economics came out in the 90+ degree weather to see us play their soccer team. We are all out of shape and only two of us have ever played competitive soccer before, yet with the amazing skills of MVP Adam Potter in goal we managed to keep the score to 0-3. After an exhausting game everyone still had a smile on their face; and even though we couldn’t speak with our opponents, everyone felt honored to be able to play with each other.
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Thursday, September 30, 2004

Local Time now available

The local time in the PacRim group’s current location is now available at the top of the left column.

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