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China: Gulangyu 1

China: Gulangyu 1

We woke up in Xiamen and had been reading about an island to the west named Gulangyu… it was apparently only excessible via ferry and had no motor traffic… it sounded lovely… so we hopped on route 51 to the international port (where us non locals need to leave from)   and grabbed a ticket across the channel. One on… Read more →

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China: Day 5-6

China: Day 5-6

Up and out of Pingyao with no issues. Jin Yer walked us to the bus stop… what a wonderful host. We then took the bullet train to Xi’an. The train is so fast (around 300 km/hr), smooth, and comfortable…  Tons of legroom and really a joy to be on. I hope to witness a bullet train like these in the… Read more →

China: Day 2-3

China: Day 2-3

As is the tendency on the road, plans changed! We woke up late and headed out toward the Forbidden city via the metro and my “Super Secret Backdoor” into Tien’an Men square… well apparently about 400,000 people also had heard of that one… so we again waited an hour to get through security. Then FINALLY made it in… around 1ish…… Read more →

China: Day -1

China: Day -1

There is a time to speak, there is a time to reflect. There is that moment when you know exactly what is right and you do it without hesitation. There are seconds that last forever and exciting times that won’t come fast enough.  All of those seemingly random small moments in my life have culminated into a single point in… Read more →

A Binary Meditation

A Binary Meditation

Right and Left… perhaps the first philosophical thought of George Boole involved these two infinite directions… At some point we decide that these two choices were all that there was. Life perhaps seems easier to categorize if we place everything in a handy storage container or define ourselves within a simple bipartisan system or just tow the company line… Less… Read more →

Eugene

Eugene

Eugene OR, home of the U of O, is an interesting city. A fine example of Pacific Northwest geographic and idealistic beauty. As with all of the finest cities of the area, there are no lack of excellent breweries. One area, in particular, that is densely brewtastic is the whiteaker district. This working class community emmits a reality that instantly… Read more →

Buds

Buds

Spring has sprung in northern Michigan. The trees are waking up after the long cold hibernation, the squirrels are busy foraging for thawed walnuts that were overlooked during the fall collection… Everywhere you look, people are smiling, wearing shorts, teeshirts, and sun dresses… They’re planting seeds, planning gardens, grabbing ideas for their raised beds… I’m seeing canoes on roof racks,… Read more →

Recovered

Monday morning I woke to find a backyard that had gone from this To this! Note to campers: Be aware of the season and might I suggest an inflatable sleep pad…. It may come in handy! Note to concerned parties: No water found it’s way into the house.

Uncovered

Uncovered

I have been in the house for almost two months now. It has gone from this To this I’ve purchased my first new bed Done some painting, but have found there to be quite a few choices available… As the snow melts around this northern gem of a city, all sorts of treasures have begun to emerge Including, a ton… Read more →

A Vasa Day

A Vasa Day

Today I took some time off from house obsession on Sunday and spent the brisk yet sunny day skiing the Vasa. The Vasa Ski Trail is a huge network of the groomed joy that cater to conventional Nordic style and skate cross country skiing. From the Bunker Hill trail head, there’s a quick dog friendly 3k, a 5k (which I… Read more →