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Archive for July, 2011

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There are wonderful things about the city of Chicago and a number of its surrounding suburbs.  The diversity, great food, variety of activities (when the weather cooperates), walks along Lake Michigan.  Growing up in the NW suburbs, trips downtown were always special and full of excitement. I find myself spending a lot of time darting [...]

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At exactly 2 a.m. a strange subhuman howl woke me from my sleep. It came from inside the room, between the beds.  Eyes popped open, I stared into the darkness. My brother, on the opposite side of the room spoke first. “What the heck was that?!” The sound was neither man nor animal. We debated [...]

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It’s now one week since my plane touched down in the states. Being with my family is wonderful but so much has changed.  Even as nothing has changed. It’s hard to put into words all that I’m feeling. The reverse culture shock this time around is intense. When I walked around Oak Park a few [...]

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Have I really been in Taiwan for two years? It’s time for me to go home for a little while though I’m sure after a few weeks my travel antsyness will start to kick in again. I’m looking forward to seeing everyone and sleeping in a good and decent bed.  I will not miss my [...]

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