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A Life-changing Experience: A trip to the Tibetan Plateau

It all begins when I spot a photo in another teacher’s classroom.  It shows his wife and two children in what I assume are Mongolian or Tibetan robes, smiling in front of a vast green landscape. I must admit I’m not an expert on cultural clothing, but the fact that we are in Shanghai definitely …

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Top Tips for Visiting the Pyeongchang 2018 Winter Olympics

I was lucky enough to spend the day at the Winter Olympics today and, since I couldn’t find much useful information on the internet beforehand, I’ve compiled a few tips for traveling to the venue by bus, and what to expect when you get there. What to Expect When You Get to the Pyeongchang Olympics …

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Visiting the Nanjing Massacre and Zheng He Memorials (China)

Where is Nanjing? Nanjing is home to more than 7 million people, a modest population by Chinese standards. But with its proximity to the mountains and the Yangtze river, the city can feel like a cozy town compared to the all-pervasive presence of people and concrete in Shanghai. Which is ridiculous, because “cozy town” has …

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