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Puli, Taiwan

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Tree in Puli, Taiwan

In the rolling mountains and valleys, Puli, Taiwan is an often over-looked, quiet city with extraordinarily beautiful scenery, nature and fresh air.

This picture was taken at Cingjing Farm, which is a one-hour bus ride from Puli.

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Chinese Classroom Culture

“Facebook started the wars in the Middle East.” “ALL boys like watching soccer. ALL girls like shopping.” “Girls should find men who are handsome, rich and good at cooking.” These are some snippets of the misled comments I hear in my Chinese classroom everyday. At first, I just blamed my poor Chinese skills and assumed I had misunderstood their sexist …

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Abroad in China: the most important thing I learned

People always ask me questions about China, but they all ask the wrong questions. They ask how the culture is different, what weird foods I’ve eaten, what I miss about the USA. These are all valid questions, but they don’t touch on the ONE MAIN thing I’ve learned while abroad, and the one question NO ONE has asked me: How …

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Beijing Street Food

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Beijing street food

Some travelers are afraid of street food, but I think it is not only cheap and delicious, but also a great way to experience cultures like the locals.

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My Mandarin Classroom

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Typical Chinese classroom at Beijing Normal University

This is where I spend 20 hours each week learning Mandarin In Beijing, China.

The biggest pro of language classes: if you stop listening for a little bit, it is very easy to zone out and go into your own, little world.

The biggest con of language classes: if you zone out just a bit and go into your own, little world, you have NO idea what is going on…

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