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Travel: Buenos Aires day 2

I woke up after a wonderful 8 hrs sleep with only 1 pee-trip at night! :) I made myself a quick breakfast: 2 toasted with cream cheese and a yogurt calcium fortified.

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Then Mara, Gunther and her mom arrived! We catch up for hours before we decided to go our for lunch to a cafe close by

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they brought us some bread. One kind is completely black… we didn’t know if it’s whole wheat or what, maybe black sesame seed paste or something. It was quite tasty.

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both Mara and I had a smoked salmon salad with fresh mozzarella. We both enjoyed it.

We hang out at home and then went to a shopping mall. It was very clouded so we left.

Jeanette was preparing dinner. And Gunther introduced me to the world of balsamic vinegar. I didn’t know that there’s a large variety of the vinegar and that they could be so different. They brought this one from Germany

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I tasted it straight from the bottle and woooo!!!!!! I’ve never tasted anything like that! Sour, very sweet and tasty! I was in love!!!!!

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a big salad using olive oil and balsamic. Absolutely amazing!!!

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as main dish, Jeanette prepared chicken with marmalade and assorted vegetables

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I had two plates of the salad

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and chicken with rice

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both were delicious!!! We all enjoyed it a lot. In addition to the food, I think what we enjoyed even more was the conversation. Dinner lasted for like 2+ hours and we talked and laughed so much. For me, they’re my second family and I love being with him, listening to him and watching them laugh! What a satisfaction!!!

Finally, the dessert: homemade flan

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Delicious. I asked Jeanette how she made it. For my surprise, it’s not made with egg, sugar and milk. She used only 4 eggs, 1 can of condensed milk and water. Brilliant! :)

We ended up going to sleep around mid-night! That’s vacation!!! :)

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Travel: Sydney day 1

We’re back!!! :D After our 8 days trip to Australia, both mom and I miss our cozy apartment!  It was a great trip. In just 8 days, we flight 5 times; we visited Sydney, Gold Coast, Brisbane and Cairns! So, be prepared for the recaps! Day 1: We arrived Sydney at 9AM. We met with our local guide who took us to Bondi Beach, one of the famous beaches in Sydney. DSCN1017.JPG

It’s a relative small beach. It’s famous for its U shape.

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It was sunny when I arrived

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and 30 min later it began to rain, and it stopped in 10 min.

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And then we stopped by Rose Bay, where the most expensive mansions are located

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We had lunch at Sydney Fish Market.

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Our group (9) shared the three most famous seafood in Australia: Jumbo lobster that weighted almost 5 pounds!

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two wild abalones

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and two jumbo crabs

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It was delicious and expensive! Each of us paid 50 australian dollars.

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City tour in the afternoon

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the famous Sydney Opera House

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getting closer

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Sydney Ann Arbor

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We ended our first day with a cruise dinner! :) More to come later! :)

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Trip: two days in Hangzhou with a good friend

Last Tuesday I went to Hangzhou, a province near Shanghai.

Shanghai has been raining for over a week but that didn’t ruin my excitement of this short trip and to meet with a dear friend, Yi.

Shanghai railway station.

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Railway station is always busy. It used to be dirty and messy but it has been renovated recently and it’s now clean and neat.

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this is a high speed train. It took 50 min, it used to take 2.5 hrs. The train is very modern as well. Everyone was busy reading something. I watched part of “limitless” with my ipad2.

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Yi has already reserved a room in a hotel besides West Lake

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We walked besides the lake for about an hour. The landscape is peaceful and beautiful. I liked it immediately.

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Two friends of Yi joined us for dinner at a traditional restaurant. They ordered a bunch of traditional Hangzhou dishes for me to try. Here are some of them.

panfried pancake filled with green onions (left), radish pickle (right)

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braised chicken

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Yi asked me if I am adventurous in food. I said yes, I’d eat anything. So he ordered Stinky tofu. I laughed because that’s not adventurous to me at all. I used to eat it a lot when I was a kid. :) When the dish arrived, it was soooooooo stinky!!! But it’s surprisingly tasty! :D

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and the most famous dish in Hangzhou: pork belly. One big piece of four of us!

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The three man devoured it in <1 min :shock:, I had to work it out slowly! ;)

After dinner we went to two different bars for drink. The relaxing atmosphere invited for some heart-to-heart conversation! :) That’s the wonder of alcohol!

The next day I woke up after 9 hrs sleep (I should drink more often!). Yi had to take his mom to doctors so I had two hours to walk some more besides the lake

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and then I found a Starbucks to have the so much needed caffeine in the morning! :)

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I enjoyed those 30 min. I love contrasts, specially cultural ones. A western iconic place, Starbucks, besides the ancient West Lake with the most old-fashion South River landscape.

I met with Yi and we went to a temple called Huang Long

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it’s famous for its square bamboo

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and then we went to Ling Ying Si, one of the highest level temple in China. These four words mean “one foot away from heaven”

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entrance to the temple

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Buddhas are everywhere

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this is a typical chinese pavilion

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The temple has many palaces for different buddhas

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Yi prayed in every palace for his mom.

Before I left Hangzhou we had lunch in a family restaurant. They serve farm food. No fancy decor, no fancy meals, but their everyday food. Yi and I sit in a small table besides the window. The small mountain grows Long Jing, a famous chinese tea.

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I met Yi last year when we were both doing an internship in DC. We became friends right away. He’s a very cool guy and a great friend. I know that we’re in a globalized world but I still get amazed when things like this happen: last year we met in DC and this year we meet again in China, thousands of miles away! :) I hope Yi can get a job in DC so we can hang out again. But if not, I know that we’ll be good friends for a long time, even not living in the same country, just like my other good friends.

Sometimes I wish my best friends and I live in the same country/city so we can hang out more often. However, whenever I reunite with them (maybe once a year), the feeling of wonder brings me so much happiness that makes the wait to be worth. I wonder about how is it possible that we haven’t met each other for so long and still feel so close.

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