Sign: We have wifi . . .


Couple out for dinner and music at the Laughing Buddha on Jalan Monkey Forest in Ubud, Bali. rr photo

Modern life – everywhere.


Sign at the frozen yogurt shop on Jalan Dewasita, Ubud. rr photo

Just a reminder – to all of us – to pay attention to those we are with.

Aloha, Renée

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

One response to “Sign: We have wifi . . .”

  1. Rosita says :

    Yah, it’s something we all should think about…with all those internet connection, we’re both connected with the whole world AND isolated of it, as we only pay attention to a celular or laptop or computer or something else and simply forget on how marvelous and beautiful the world OFFline can be. I know this ’cause I was born and raised on between two medium, vibrant metropolises – one being located on an isle, BTW – on Northeast Brasil coast, and, although we had wi-fi and despite the fact I learnt how to use a computer at the age of 6, I used to prefer OFFline world, as everything on those cities were stunning: the beaches, the people, the palm trees, the seaside condos, the houses…., well, simply everything. I moved to Belém, and it was still OK, as I still found beauty on small things outdoors and my artsy side came up ^^ nowadays, as time passed, things changed, people changed too, violence increased, and we live between an apartment and a compound, just to be safe from violence who increase rampantly, not just on my city nor on my country, but yah on the whole world, and it lets me – as well as other ppl too- with few to none safe outdoor activities. We usually engage on indoor activities, except for those days we’re on the compound. It’s sad, but it’s the reality – not just ours, but yah of the whole world – and we should try to enjoy more things OFFline too, as we used to do on a not very distant past. Internet came to Brasil recently, in the mid 90’s, but now it seems we never lived without it 🙃 We should go back to the roots, to a time where family mattered more than being ONline, and try getting a bit more OFF, enjoying small things life has to offer outdoors, like walking by the woods or a beach, sitting on a chair & chatting friends, remembering good times, teaching children the importance of outdoorsy living…. And it’ll also help our mental and physical health, as well as other people too. Well, that’s just my statement on this 😚 Wha’ about yuh?
    Hope y’all are fine,
    Yuh Brazilian buddy

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