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Travel Blogs from Chengdu
The pre conference started today and so far all has gone well with only minor hitches.
I awoke to the news that my Mum had taken a turn for the worse and had been admitted to Hornsby Hospital. It is a very worrying time being so far away.
However two other wives and I set off for the shops and spent a few hours wandering around the shops and downtown area.
It was quite hot although not as humid as ...
... is literally just filled with huge shopping centres and row upon row of designer shops so it does seem that there may be a lot of money in some Chinese pockets. Then you get a bleak reminder that poverty is still very much there when you walk past people begging for money. We saw one young man with missing arms and another that was bent over double due to some kind of spinal condition as far as we could see. It really ...
... away on the pulp. Since bamboo is low in nutrients, they need to spend several hours a day going through tons of this stuff to have a satisfactory meal! There wasn't much information on how much they spend on dentist bills. But It was heartening to see a few panda cubs wrestling away with their mothers while moms were trying to feed.
There are over 50 giant pandas at the base and to keep things interesting, all the pandas are identified ...
... unoccupied stall. The tattered door hangs uncomfortably from its rusty hinges. I push open the door and my terror pushes back.
A year before I embarked on my journey, I twisted up my ankle quite severely in a soccer game in Santa Fe. I was on crutches for some time and after my ankle healed, I noticed that I was unable to bend my left foot upward as far as my right foot. This never affected my movement in getting around or getting ...
... where we all changed are
names to one picked by the group continued a now
Luke, had been Kevin but was now Nathan, and I
had been Emma, but was now Maria. After the naming
ceremony (where we also gave Luke the profession
of pig farmer) we went to a club Matthew (a new
Chinese friend of ours) recommended. The locals
there kept buying us drinks although this was mainly