Page 6 of Staci and Martin Travel Blog Posts

Asia » Cambodia » North » Siem Reap January 17th 2010

Waking up wasn't as hard as we thought given our lack of sleep the previous few days. Before heading out, we ate a quick meal of toast and fruit, and met our driver. By the way, our driver is pretty much amazing. Friendly, funny, and helpful, he takes us to see paradise....and this is what this place is. Pure paradise-like beauty. Riding in a tuk tuk, is an adventure in itself. Cars and motorcycles zoom by at what seems like inches away from us. Along the way, we pass a produce market, cows, and naked children playing in the fields. Life is simple here, and everyone has a smile on their face. We arrive at Preah Ko, the first temple built in the area, nearby the main group of temples at Angkor. We lucked out because ... read more
The 5 Kids
Curious Kids
Bakong Temple

Asia » Cambodia » North » Siem Reap January 16th 2010

Wow! I'm a little in awe right now that I'm writing this blog entry from a cute guesthouse in Cambodia. Who would ever thought?! It's been a long, long day, but definitely an amazing one. It all started late Friday night, when we went to the Shenzhen airport to catch our 11:30pm flight to Bangkok. Upon arriving at the airport, we ran into Derek and Katie- two other CTLC members who were on our flight with us! The four of us killed time in the airport chatting and finally made it over to the international terminal together. Everything was easy and our flight even landed early, around 1:15am Thailand time (an hour behind China). After getting through Customs, we parted ways with Derek and Katie as they were off to catch another flight to Hanoi, Vietnam ... read more
Road to Two Dragons.
Two Dragons
Two Dragons Food

Asia » China » Guangdong » Shenzhen January 10th 2010

I know, I know, I said you wouldn't hear from us again until Cambodia. I lied. Check out this article about the 31 top places to go in 2010- Shenzhen made the list. NY Times Pretty interesting, eh? I should clarify a little bit, as I think we might have a few readers thinking we're living more of the Peace Corps rural-China lifestyle. We are by no means living in any rural village in China- Shenzhen is one of the wealthiest cities here, and definitely feels like it. Shenzhen is split into six different districts- Futian, Luohu, Yantian, Nanshan, Longgang and Bao'an. Longgang and Bao'an are considered outside of the 'Special Economic Zone'. Futian & Luohu are the 'downtown' areas, Yantian has beaches & mountains and Nanshan has a high concentration of expats. We live in ... read more

Asia » China » Guangdong » Shenzhen January 9th 2010

I'm beginning to ask myself that same question. We just got back from yet another overnight trip to Hong Kong...the fourth one in just over a month! The metro transfers have all been meshing together, so much so that when I think back on our weekends I tend to forget what we did each time we were there. Friday afternoon, we headed into HK once again for a quick overnight trip so that we could pick up Martin's lost charger at the hostel from New Years Weekend. We got into town around 3, just in time for a bite to eat at Kraze Burger, a brand-new Korean joint that had opened in Kowloon. Our friends Pete & Elyse had been in Korea and then in HK and recommended it. Martin LOVED it, but they had less ... read more
Hostel Window
Waterfront View
The Peak

Asia » China » Guangdong » Shenzhen January 4th 2010

HELLO 2010! Can't believe it. Just a year ago we were at a friend's house in Seattle ringing in 2009 and reflecting on everything that had happened in 2008. I'm sure we'll get to a point in our lives where things seem a little more routine, but every year we've spent together thus far has been filled with lots of changes. 2007: moved to Corvallis, got engaged. 2008: moved to Seattle, got married. 2009: went to Paris & Dublin, quit our jobs, moved to CHINA! 2010: adjust back to life in the states eventually. Weird. What has happened since last time we wrote? Hmm. Less teaching, more 'nowism' moments as usual. Tuesday was spent watching crazy-over-the-top performances done by various staff, students and alumni to celebrate Bao Gao's 10th birthday. All the student performers had on ... read more

Asia » China » Guangdong » Shenzhen December 28th 2009

Well, another week has passed! Sports Day was lots of fun to watch- we have videos of the opening ceremony in which every class marched around the field in coordinated outfits while chanting. We didn't stick around for the whole thing but it was fun to watch the students run, do the long jump & high jump and just generally play around. We posed for a LOT of pictures with students, were given a ton of balloons and just had a good time laughing. Our students really do make our time here that much better. Christmas was a fun time, although we missed our friends and family back home of course. We were driven to Silver Lake Resort in Futian district on Thursday afternoon, the same place we stayed when we first arrived in Shenzhen from ... read more
The Goose and The Gander
Staci the Model

Asia » China » Guangdong » Shenzhen December 21st 2009

As I write this, my parents are enroute to Seattle on Asiana Airlines! We said goodbye this morning in the Hong Kong Metro Station, whereupon they headed to the HK Airport and we headed back to school here in Shenzhen. There were tears, but I quickly reminded my Mom of the excitement that lies ahead when their plane lands in Seattle- my brother will be there to pick them up, after 2 days of his own traveling from the East Coast and being delayed by snowstorms. They left us but will have a WONDERFUL Christmas with the rest of our family in Portland:) The last few weeks have been a whirlwind of activity and it's hard to believe that their time here has already come to an end. While I won't recap everything, I'll leave you ... read more

Asia » China » Guangdong » Shenzhen December 14th 2009

Well, it seems each day just flies by and we're quickly running out of time to do and see everything we had hoped for while my parents were here. Seems always to be the case, doesn't it? Martin and I met up with my parents on Friday, December 4th at a hostel on Hong Kong Island, whereupon hugs and tears were exchanged. It was pretty exciting to get to hug each other after four months of only chatting on the computer! We had a great few days in Hong Kong, seeing many great sights- we took a trolley around the island, walked EVERYWHERE, took an adventurous bus ride to Stanley (the other side of HK Island and absolutely gorgeous) and of course ate lots of good food. My parents were kind enough to bring us SIX ... read more

Asia » China » Guangdong » Shenzhen December 3rd 2009

Well, we've been MIA for a bit now and don't have much of an excuse other than the usual weekly stuff we've been doing around here! We had a great Thanksgiving last Friday night at our friend's place out in Yantian district- everyone was kind enough to cook delicious food and we really pulled together a feast! Martin and I couldn't really cook given the fact that we had to travel about 2 hours to get there & don't have a toaster oven, so we supplied beer, wine and paper plates/napkins. It was special to be with our friends here, that's for sure. My parents are officially in the area! They landed in Hong Kong late Tuesday night and have been busy exploring the massive city on their own. Martin and I will head down there ... read more

Asia » China » Guangdong » Shenzhen November 26th 2009

-The fact that I work at a Chinese high school. What does this mean? It means, my friends, that at least once a week I get to groove to a Backstreet Boys, Destinys Child, Christina Aguilera or some other old school pop song blaring from the loudspeakers as our students practice breakdancing in the courtyard. This also means that whenever I walk anywhere on campus I get at LEAST 200 giggles, waves and "HI STACI!" yells. How can you not love that? -China style Thanksgiving dinners with wonderful friends who were strangers just a few months ago. We're having our own Thanksgiving dinner Friday night in Yantian with 3 other couples- yay for turkey, fake turkey, mashed potatoes, sweet potatoes, green bean casserole, stuffing, the works. It's definitely not an easy feat to get all this ... read more

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