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    NJ native without the accent or the big hair. Currently residing in Beijing. Teaching English. Absorbing all things China. Exploring SE Asia.

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Illegal fruit

I had something happen to me twice this week that I haven’t had happen to me before.

In this area there haven’t been too many street vendors on the main roads since the Olympics, something about beautifying the city and whatnot.  They’ve been popping up more and more lately, although they aren’t as commonly seen as in other parts of the city.  The other day my Mom and I were sampling some grapes I was about to buy when the guy started pedaling away as fast as he could before the chengguan could get him.  The chengguan are a certain kind of police that give street vendors a hard time since, technically, street sellers are illegal.

Then tonight we were walking back to the school after our Sunday team meal and I was poised and ready to buy some cherries when the guy started up his motor and drove off down the street as fast as he could.  I guess the chengguan were on the way again.

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Chinese for “Backstreet Boys”

I learned something useful and new today.  The Backstreet Boys in Chinese is 后街男孩 – hou jie nan hair.

hou = back

jie = street

nan = boy

hair = child

If you have enough, you are rich indeed

Dickens said

Enough is such a wonderful word.”

Love = limiting your own freedom

John Paul II says:

Love consists of a commitment which limits one’s freedom — it is a giving of the self, and to give oneself means just that: to limit one’s freedom on behalf of another. Limitation of one’s freedom might seem to be something negative and unpleasant, but love makes it a positive, joyful and creative thing. Freedom exists for the sake of love. If freedom is not used, is not taken advantage of by love it becomes a negative thing and gives human beings a feeling of emptiness and unfulfillment.

Aristotle

It is the mark of an educated mind to be able to entertain a thought without accepting it.

The Great Wall

In Chinese, the Great Wall of China is chang cheng (长城), which means “long wall.”  It is indeed long and built along the highest ridges of the hills, and we visited the Mutianyu section on Saturday.

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We’ve been busy!

Jenny and Amanda are here until Monday, and we’ve been busy going everywhere and seeing everything.

Old Summer Palace

Temple of Heaven

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