Our blog was begun as a way to share our experiences in China. From August 2010 to July 2011, my husband, Barry Kristel, and I were at our University of Hawaii Maui College sister school, Zhejiang Agriculture and Forestry University in Lin'an, China, a city considered rural because it has only 500,000 people! We had a wonderful time. Then in February 2012, we returned to teach this time at our other sister school, Shanghai Normal University, in a city of over 21 million people. We've made many discoveries. Did you know that now Chinese girls, at least the ones who go to university, for the most part feel they are luckier than the Chinese boys? Did you know that Shanghai saved over 20,000 European Jews during WWII? Do you know how Chinese university students would deal with problems that come up in Dear Abby letters? What's it like to be on the Great Wall of China? Do you know how many Chinese girls had their feet bound and why? And we have recipes from many of the places we've visited. Among others, you can find instructions on how to fry cicadas from one of my ZAFU students and how to make chocolate-Kahlua waffles from my brother Mike in Gainesville. You can also look back to our earliest entry to see what we experienced in Oaxaca, Mexico, in 2006 during the mainly peaceful six months of protest until the Mexican government sent in the troops. Between our stays in China, Barry and I have been on the Mainland U.S. visiting family, friends and Servas hosts as we traveled home to Maui. We share those experiences too. Welcome to our blog! Aloha and Zài Jiàn, Renée and Barry
"Shanghai Street Stories" by Sue Anne Tay
Originally from Singapore, Sue Anne Tay has lived in the U.S., England, and now China. She is a talented street photographer who gets the stories behind her photos. You are likely to love her posts.
Check out the terrific programs for sustainable living. Go experience living on a kibbutz for a week or more.
Pick Up Americad bl
This is an old blog, but it is an example of what one person can do with a good idea. On the road for 24 months, Davey Rogner and friends have walked across the U.S. picking up litter and making people more conscious.
She and her husband Danny taught at ZAFU last year and are now at Xiamen University. Ruth records their experiences.
Where was Johnny and how is Captain Rob doing?
Check out Captain Rob’s sail blog. He and Johnny were in the Solomon Islands (famous for JFK’s PT boat & previously cannibalism; now the islands are known for their beautiful coral reefs and great surfing)