Bamboo Butterfly

a journey.

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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Taiwan on my mind

I miss coming over to this blog to write. I’ve talked several times about making this blog both about my time spent in Taiwan and also my life now in the U.S. but somehow I haven’t gotten around to figuring out how to exactly link the two … yet. I’ve also mentioned that one day [...]

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Celebrate World Elephant Day

Many people who know me know how passionate I am about elephants. So of course, I had to share this. Tomorrow, August 12, is World Elephant Day. It is time for the world to wake up and realize how close we are to losing these magnificent creatures forever. Elephants are in trouble here in the [...]

fattening and healthy food

How have your eating habits changed since living abroad?

I grew up eating a wide variety of food, though I always have been pretty picky about red meat. My mom always gave us plenty of fresh vegetables and healthy fare along with some more traditional American dishes, but as I grew older and into my twenties, I started eating much larger portions and more [...]


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