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Laozi’s revenge?

Montezuma's revenge, but the same idea. I got a case of it. Stomach is constantly growling and I've had to head to the toilet too many times to count. Okay, let's be fair. The thing in Mexico has to do with clean water issues. Those same issues exist here in China too. Actually, that's the case in most of the world, but Mexico has a general reputation for sanitation and the water issue only exacerbates that feeling. Here in China that same perception is unwarranted. This place is clean, like really clean. Cabs. Subways. Streets. All of it.



I spent most of the last night and today feeling miserable thinking it would just go away. Not so much. Got worse. I stopped by the school nurse's office and she hooked me up. Also did some reading online about what to eat and what to avoid. BRAT = Bananas, Rice, Apples, and Toast. Got it. Feeling better already. Coffee, citrus, and veggies weren't good choices today. Live and learn. To be fair, I don't know what caused my stomach issues. Could have been something I ate. Something I drank? No idea.


In other news I got a great email today. Like, highlight of my week email. My buddy Jennifer dropped me a note letting me know what's going on in her life. I have so much respect for her. A wonderful basketball coach and a better person. I miss her a ton. She's near the top of my priority list when I come home this summer. Really want to get down her way to Maple Falls and spend a day with her. I spent several years as her assistant coach over twenty years ago. Once upon a time I thought I wanted to be a head coach. I realized that I was missing something from my makeup after watching her coach that was going to keep me from being successful. She had "it". What's this it? It's hard to pin down. Whatever it was, it was necessary to get your team to play hard. To care. To play with passion. Seeing it up close I knew immediately that I don't have it. It's not a bad thing that being a head coach wasn't in the cards for me. I've got other talents and need to capitalize on what I do well. Here's the crazy thing, Jennifer always doubted herself, and I'm sure she will easily admit that she still does. We've all got blind spots. Her's is that she doesn't see how gifted she is. I lied. I know what it is. She cared about those kids and they loved her for it. She wanted them to be successful and they felt it. That was undeniable. I know I care too, but an introvert like me struggles to show it in ways that makes it obvious.


That's all today. Hoping for a good night of sleep and a day tomorrow with less time in the bathroom.

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Kari Bosley
Kari Bosley
Mar 20, 2023

I haven't been online much to catch up on your blog posts, but I do enjoy reading them! I hope you are feeling better soon. Looking forward to your travel adventure posts soon!

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It was so interesting to chat with Paula & Kempler about their experiences teaching in China. They did 2 different stints, one in Songzhou and another in a poorer region. Songzhou is near you and apparently full of history, was the original end of the Silk Road. The other place was dirty, like filthy, and smelly. Paula had to have the kids clean out the cockroaches before class! From their experiences and yours that the more rural areas suffer quite a bit of poverty and neglect from the government even though they are employed. Be interesting if you could visit other areas and get your take. They were there like 15 years ago. Hope you get feeling better.

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David Shick!
David Shick!
Mar 20, 2023
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I would expect 15 years to show some dramatic differences. See this link...


https://tinyurl.com/2jy6uhb7


China has seen insane economic growth over the past 30 years. It's been exponential. The district of Binjiang here in Hangzhou didn't exist 30 years ago. It's entirely new. I'm sure there are rural areas that are still quite poor, but I have yet to see them. I'll be curious to watch outside the windows as I travel north to Beijing. What will I see in the landscape as we head through more rural areas? Likely not much, but still curious to look. As the weather improves I'll probably try to head west on my bike to try to get outside the city. I might see…


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