Hi from Barry in Lin’an

Hi from Barry:

Hope all is going well for all of you.  We finally got our e-mail hooked.  Our money goes far here.  The cost for our internet was about $75 for a year.  They actually gave Renée a 50% discount for having a PHD.  We also managed to get a cell phone.  They assigned a student to help us.  If Renée and I had had to arrange for the phones and Internet on our own, we would have been in big trouble.  We had dinner last night with other foreign teachers including a guy from Dublin and another from Denmark; most are from the US.  The food was great and the bill was a total of $26 for 10 people!  Renée and I had lunch at the fancy restaurant on campus yesterday.  It is located about 5 minutes from our apartment.  The tables are a beautiful stone, and they play really good music.  Instead of chairs, you sit on couches with comfortable pillows.  We had three dishes and rice and the total bill was $4.  It is the most expensive restaurant on campus, and they have plenty of vegetable dishes.  Right now it’s 8 in the morning here and I can hear fireworks!  They seem to go off during the day as well as in the evening to celebrate the opening of a new shop.  We are enjoying ourselves.  This afternoon, Renee will find out what classes she’ll be teaching this semester.  Aloha, Barry

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About reneeriley

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

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