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May 17th 2019
Published: May 17th 2019
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Solid red line was today's flight. Dotted red lines are planned locations tomorrow and later.
Chengdu, Sichuan, China (May 17, 2019)) Meilan, a spunky petite sales rep for Santen Pharmaceuticals came to meet me at the hotel with a driver to take us to the airport. There we met up with Drs. Yun Liu and Paul Chen, colleagues from Kaiser Permanente in Northern California. Paul is a big Warriors fan, so we get to hear a lot about their deserved greatness! We had a little excitement since my ticket was purchased with an incorrect passport number, so after a little back and forth someone figured it out and I made it on to the flight. A short one-hour flight was fully booked with only one blond, blue-eyed person on the plane that I could tell. Xichang looks like a different geography than Chengdu – mountains surrounding a valley, quite dry and sunny (and warmer).


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The team at lunchThe team at lunch
The team at lunch

From top left: Dr. Liu, Dr. Chen, Meilan, myself, Dr. Thomas (local ophthalmologist) and our drivers.
Lunch is servedLunch is served
Lunch is served

The question to the foreign doctor (me) "do you want spicy food or non-spicy?" I know full well what they all want...bring on the heat!!


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