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#Tropical Delight

22 Mar

#blueraspberry and #orange #fruit drink!  Tastes like blue #popsicles 😜  Puts me in the #island mood! A good thing since it’s freezing. 

A Lovely Day For #Flowers

20 Mar

I just ❀ the Beautiful trees here on campus! Spring is one of my favorite seasons!

Flowers! Β The #trees are blooming!

15 Mar

#spring is here!  The flower trees are blooming

Climbing Mount #Turtle

14 Mar

.πŸ˜‚ Hah@! Tommy turtle keeps crawling on top of Timmy turtle.  Mount Turtle has been mastered! 😜

#animals #turtle #turtles #pets #cafe  #cute #adorable 

Chinese #IceCream – you can have mine :p

25 Feb

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The #Chinese concept of #icecream and my idea of a delicious treat are not the same πŸ˜‚ This was a Chinese popsicle my student likes – green tea with a red bean filling.  Somehow not quite the same as good old fashioned Chocolate 😜

#greentea #RealChinese #Desert #foodie #Travel #lifeabroad #international #weirdfood 

#Turtle says Welcome Back!

20 Feb

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Blowing #bubbles soft and fine! ❀ The people are returning from #SpringFestival at last! My favorite #cafe (The Bridge Cafe) reopened finally with #coffee, hot #tea, #carbonara, and #pizza!  And they brought their #turtles with them!!!   😊 He is blowing bubbles at me 😜

#travel #animals #lifeabroad #thegoodlife #foodie

Spicy Beef and Bamboo soup

15 Feb

#Spicy beef and bamboo sprout #soup with noodles.  Traditional Chinese dish here in Henan- made from #spices that numb your mouth :p

From the Darkest Depths Come the Most Exotic Flowers

13 Feb

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β€œGreat people will always be mocked by those who feel smaller than them. A lion does not flinch at laughter coming from a hyena. A gorilla does not budge from a banana thrown at it by a monkey.Β A nightingale does not stop singing its beautiful song at the intrusion of an annoying woodpecker. Whenever you should doubt your self-worth, remember the lotus flower. Even though it plunges to life from beneath the mud,
it does not allow the dirt that surrounds it to affect its growth or beauty.”

**Suzy Kassem

Happy Chinese Lantern Festival!

11 Feb

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Happy Lantern Festival!  Tonight is the night (15 days after #ChineseNewYear ) when the Chinese light paper lanterns and send them up to the sky.  

My picture wasn’t very good 😭 I’ll post a better one later. But the #moon sure was pretty! Here in Zhengzhou, we have the highest smog records for the country, so the moon is a rare night.  Today was perfect for the festival! Clear skies, brisk air, and a good wind. πŸ˜„ 

Wishing you all the best and a great upcoming year! πŸ€

#China #travel #festival, #traditions #lifeabroad #international

The New Hotel Security System

9 Feb

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Haha!😜 Visited a 5⭐ hotel this weekend and found that the bathroom was entirely see-through.   Embarassing, no?!?  Asked my students why and got this lovely response ‘Many hotels in China do this. It’s very common.  Because sometimes the men, they come with a strange woman. Or two. Or different ones. And when they go to the bathroom, all their money is taken.  So this way they can see and be safe.’ πŸ˜’ πŸ˜‚ That’s hilarious.  A five star hotel arranges its bathroom around keeping rich men safe from their ‘women’.  Sad.  Very, very sad.   #lifeinchina #china #travel #humor #abroad, #whataworld

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