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From today’s bike ride. I have never felt so close to nature as I do in Wulong. Even though I live in the city, its just a short bike ride away to find this beautiful scenery, away from the constuction, the buildings, and the noise that all come with development. This photo was taken shortly before stopping to swim and raft in the river, which might not seem like much to all the #Richmond river rats, but in my area of China it’s rare to find clean enough water to swim in. But as serene as it is, they’re quickly developing this area as a major tourist place. This weekend Wulong will host an international sports competition, and teams from all over the world will bike down this exact road. Could mean a lot of changes for the future of my China home. #china #wulong #武隆 #peacecorps #peacecorpschina

From today’s bike ride. I have never felt so close to nature as I do in Wulong. Even though I live in the city, its just a short bike ride away to find this beautiful scenery, away from the constuction, the buildings, and the noise that all come with development. This photo was taken shortly before stopping to swim and raft in the river, which might not seem like much to all the #Richmond river rats, but in my area of China it’s rare to find clean enough water to swim in. But as serene as it is, they’re quickly developing this area as a major tourist place. This weekend Wulong will host an international sports competition, and teams from all over the world will bike down this exact road. Could mean a lot of changes for the future of my China home. #china #wulong #武隆 #peacecorps #peacecorpschina

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This puppy followed me into the woods for a while. It took everything not to take him home with me

This puppy followed me into the woods for a while. It took everything not to take him home with me

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Anonymous asked: Have you tried any new or interesting foods lately?

I found some maggots in my lunch at the school cafeteria, and then again in the dried lemons that I put in my water every day. Turns out Ive been eating maggots for wees! 

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Anonymous asked: Is your glass half empty or half full?

Half full. Most of the time I exude optimism and idealism to the point where it annoys other people, Im sure. 

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Try to learn to breathe deeply, really to taste food when you eat, and when you sleep, really to sleep. Try as much as possible to be wholly alive with all your might, and when you laugh, laugh like hell. And when you get angry, get good and angry. Try to be alive. You will be dead soon enough.
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Why Peace Corps?

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On July 7th, 2012, I was in South Africa freezing my butt off and fighting the flu. I was volunteering for the International YMCA in Cape Town, helping out with the Global Teens program as part of the Intl Y, and the Y-Zone program as part of the Cape Town Y. When my friend Tracy and I weren’t…

Great post! I always want to know why people join the Peace Corps, and I have gotten so many different answers.

You’ll be amazed at how the months sometimes fly and sometimes creep by throughout your service. It’s surreal that I’m nearly halfway done with my own service and preparing to welcome your group in. Try to soak in every moment of it. Hold on to the excitement you’ll feel during PST and keep it going to the very end. 

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Anonymous asked: Wishing you Happy Birthday Kayla all the way from US! Have an awesome one!

Thank you! My birthday was beautifully sunny, and I spent most of it teaching but I didn’t mind at all. Today I celebrated with some teachers by going out to dinner and watching a dance performance at the hospital where I teach English. Pictures and a new post to come soon!

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Anonymous asked: Dear reader, care to elaborate on what "peace and passport" really means? Sincerely, a blogger with no life whatsoever.

"Peace" for Peace Corps, "Passport" because I live abroad and you need one to do that.

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Anonymous asked: I'm considering the Peace Corps but I'm torn between the culture and cute Chinese guys of China and the idea of something completely different in the Carribbean. Any advice? How did you narrow down your choices and what are the things you love about China?

I’m not sure how the application process works now, but I didn’t choose China. They asked me for preferences during my interview and I said South/Central America or Eastern Asia. I know they take your skills into account more than where you want to be, and they value flexibility. 

I personally think that Chinese guys are nice to look at, but usually too skinny and too shy for my liking. But 随便你, to each his own! 
Some things I do love about China: the food, the greater sense of hospitality to newcomers, the language, the mountains. 

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Anonymous asked: Wanna know a word that has lost meaning, it's love. Yup it's so overused nowadays and in general(love your neighbor, love yourself, etc) What's your definition and opinion of love?

I disagree, in part. In fact, I don’t think love is used enough. I do agree that it’s sometimes said without any genuine love coming from the person saying it, and in that case it shouldn’t be used. But we should try to express our love more and really try to feel love when we say it.

 I probably express my love for things and people more often than other people do, but I’m passionate and over the top. To me, everything is beautiful and deserving of love.  I say “I love you” to my friends, my family, my students, drunk people at the bar, food, animals, coffee. I’m a bit more selective when it comes to expressing my love for romantic interests, but once I’m sure about that kind of love I don’t keep it in for long.