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how ever so exciting! so i'm going to make sure this little ******* works...<br><br><br><br>
here's a pic of the Great Wall outside of Bejing. Must..go...back! soon.
 

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You should put them in the photo gallery so that we can enjoy them in the future as well....nice pics <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smiley.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":)">
 

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What would you see on your video screen if you display an image of what you are scanning, on your video screen, whilst scanning your video screen? Would you see the "mind" of your scanner? Or would you never be able to know -- because your scanner was blocking your view of your video screen.
 

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wow those are really cool. i'd love to see the great wall in person some day.<br><br><br><br>
next time i get my hands on a scanner i have tons of pics to post out of my album. some artsy stuff, some silly stuff.
 

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I just realized that by saying "must go back, soon" Funkified is implying that her China photos are Funkified originals, rather than pictures from National Geographic, that she scanned in.<br><br><br><br>
Another question then: which side of the wall is China, and which side is "elsewhere," and where?
 

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<div class="quote-block"><i>Originally posted by soilman</i><br><br><b>I just realized that by saying "must go back, soon" Funkified is implying that her China photos are Funkified originals, rather than pictures from National Geographic, that she scanned in.</b></div>
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Yep. She was actually talking on another thread with Majake, I believe, about wanting to go back and scale the Great Wall. So, yeah, those are pics from when she was there. It looks like either in 96 or 98 from the date on the left side of the first pic.<br><br><br><br>
I wish I could've gone somewhere when I was younger with my family. We were so broke that it ain't no joke. Farthest we ever went as far as visiting another country was Niagra Falls, Canada.
 

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yep yep..i spent a month in china, mainly the eastern coastal cities, in 1996. it was actually with a group - not school related, but all high school students. fanfabulous experience even at a pretty young age. i met a couple friends who i still talk with, so i have some 'connections' over there. always a plus.<br><br><br><br>
the Wall is give or take 2000 miles, so it spans from the bejing area northwest-ward, i believe. but of course it's not a straight course, and there are a few parts that go out to the ocean. and more than a few areas that have been washed out due to damming rivers.<br><br><br><br>
i did a homestay for a few nights - it was great but given all i knew in chinese was 'soysauce' and 'thank you' and a few other words, and that the family spoke NO english, the converstaion was limited, heh. we did have a translator sometimes though. it was in a tiny tiny village and very primitive - pretty interesting stuff. the drawback was hearing animals being killed though <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/sad.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":("><br><br><br><br>
i took 23 freakin' rolls of film while i was over there. ah, good times! complete culture shock coming back to the states, that's for sure.
 

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" it was in a tiny tiny village and very primitive - pretty interesting stuff. the drawback was hearing animals being killed though"<br><br><br><br>
This sounds like heaven to me. The kind of place where I would like to spend the rest of my life, except with the addition of air conditioning and indoor plumbing. I assume they eat the animals they kill -- this is, by far, esthetically preferable, in my mind, and less unpleasant, than eating flesh in the open, but having the killing of the animals be hidden away somewhere.<br><br><br><br>
Hmm. Maybe if I could learn Chinese, I could get a job teaching English to Chinese children. If only I could be provided with vegetarian meals (no mock meats please).<br><br><br><br>
What kind of food did they have available for normal day after day meals?
 

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besides seeing and hiking the great wall, my favorite part was the tea village. wow. acres and acres of tea bushes and trees. very pretty, very green. and it was an actual village - everyone who lived there worked there (or anyone who worked there lived in the village). it was mainly one big family. it was a pretty old place (as are most places in asia). but that place was just amazing.<br><br><br><br>
food. well...i was vegetarian when i went, not yet vegan. but actually, that trip had a big influence in my decision to become vegan. since we were with a group, we had most of our meals planned (meaning - we were required to go to this or that resturaunt). we had days or nights to ourselves and could then eat wherever.<br><br><br><br>
but at the resturaunts, which were usually 'nicer' ones, we rarely got to order (again because of the group number, probably). so we had anything and everything placed in front of us - scary dead carcasses to raw vegetables. i ate pretty well as a veggie, but i think it would be a little difficult as a vegan.<br><br><br><br>
in all the resturaunts, when you walked in, there were caged or glass aquarium type things with frgos, snakes, fish, turtles, etc for people to chooose which one they wanted dead. that of course, really upset me. it only took me a minute to figure out what was going on <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/sad.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":("><br><br><br><br>
we went to a traditional peking duck dinner one night. there were four other vegetarians on the trip so we didn't eat much that night.<br><br><br><br>
on the streets, of couse, are the millions of markets, and you can find pretty much anything there. again, the salughtered animals hanging outside didn't sit well with me (duh). there were ice cream stands everywhere! so my staple during the trip was ice cream and sorbet and the like. hm.<br><br><br><br>
at the homestay - (the picture) we had :<br><br><br><br>
raw, salted cucumbers<br><br><br><br>
roasted peanuts<br><br>
roasted chocoalte covered peanuts (you would find these everywhere)<br><br><br><br>
the things in the middle were some kind of pasrty - really good- kind of like a hard donut or crossiant, maybe?<br><br><br><br>
green beans and pork (blah)<br><br><br><br>
the things that look like french fries were actually tempura like vegetables.<br><br><br><br>
and the plate in the front was some kind of meat in a dough.<br><br><br><br>
oh...and the eggs...the eggs. oh, god. the eggs. they were fertile eggs, very fertile eggs. and the dad insisted i eat one but the look of them really disturbed me and luckily we had the translator that night and so it got thru to him that i was full or something.<br><br>
anywa, he took a bite out of the egg - a big old chunk and it made this hideous crunch noise. i wont forget that. i never ate 'plain' eggs after that.<br><br><br><br>
and soilman- yes, the village i was at (pronounced 'shee jong jou' - i love saying that) was pretty cool. most people bathed in the river since most didn't have running water. some had moderntoilets, but not most. the vast majority were farmers and still threw out the grain in the road to be crushed by people walking on it.<br><br><br><br>
i loved it there. and the people were great too.<br><a href="http://cdn.veggieboards.com/3/38/386f9aea_vbattach35.jpeg"><img alt="LL" src="http://cdn.veggieboards.com/3/38/525x525px-LL-386f9aea_vbattach35.jpeg" style="width:525px;height:328px;"></a>
 

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Actually, as long as I had lots of fresh fruit, rice and steamed vegetables could make up the rest of my diet, and I think I might be alright, and oh yea, I'd need occaisional nuts or steamed legumes to up my protein intake just a little. From what i understand, most of the various ethnic groups in China have a history of rejection of dairy products; eggs however, including eggs with relatively well-developed fetuses ("third trimester abortions"), and every every crawling creature imaginable, are said to be everywhere in every Chinese ethnic group.<br><br><br><br>
I really don't like roasted peanuts, unless by roasted you mean toasted, but roasted usually means cooked in hot oil. Even if that means vegetable oil -- I would be not want to eat them. If I could get edamame easily -- that alone would cover all my protein needs. They take only 2 minutes to cook. Dry soybeans need complex preparation, so are a pain in the ass.<br><br><br><br>
But I really think I would be happier someplace like China, or Mexico, where there are lots of fresh produce from local farms, than in industrialzied meat-eating places like the US and Canada, and northern Europe. Italy France or Spain might be ok with me. I want to get out of the US and start a new life elsewhere. Though I really like indoor plumbing and air conditioning and might have a hard time giving up my "addiction" to them. Air conditioning is possible without electricity.<br><br><br><br>
I need to get my hernia fixed first, before I leave.
 

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you don't have to speak chinese to go teach english there. you just have to speak english. one of my brother's friend's is teaching english in Korea. he had a choice between a couple of countries and decided he'd most like to see Korea. he loves it there and enjoys his work, and has only picked up a couple of korean words here and there, not enough for a conversation. but since he works and lives with other english teachers he makes out ok.
 

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LF, do they pay him enough for food clothing and shelter? Does he <b>have</b> to live with other people to make ends meet? Or could he afford to rent his own room with kitchen facilities? Basicly that's what I need to live in -- I need a kitchen (and a place to deal with the inevitable consequences of eating). I can sleep in a kitchen if no-one else is using it. But i need a kitchen sink, or a big bowl and reasonable substitute way to have water in and water out, to wash vegetables, and 2 or 3 burners (portable gas burners would be ok) an oven for baking flat breads and counter-space to cut vegetables on and places to store food. I could do without refrigeration if I could stop by the market place every day.<br><br><br><br>
Does he need to have a degree in teaching or anything? I figured if I spoke Chinese and English that would be enough for me to be able to figure out how to teach English to the Chinese-speaking.<br><br><br><br>
I'm really afraid to commit to going anywhere without going there to check it out for a few days, first.<br><br><br><br>
I was thinking Mexico because maybe I could bake tortillas on a comal, whilst buying nixtamalized corn dough ready to be rolled flat and baked. But I don't know what job I could do there to earn money. I only recognize and speak a handful of phrases in Spanish.<br><br><br><br>
Of course I cannot live anywhere where people smoke tobacco, or make any kind of smoke that accumulates indoors, even a little. That triggers off severe pain and could result in the loss of more brain.
 

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you don't need a degree in teaching, or anything else. all you need is the ability to speak english.<br><br>
i don't know about pay or living arrangements, i don't know all the details about his program. but i think he does it through some organization that matches people up with an area that needs teachers and sets up all the living arrangements and whatnot for them. you could find one of those programs or i think you could just go there yourself and walk into a school and offer your services. from the sounds of it a lot of asian countries are desperate for english teachers, hence why you don't need a degree or anything.<br><br>
a girl i went to college with was an exchange student from Korea and she taught english there before coming here for school, she said they'd just grab any english speaking person and offer them a job<br><br><br><br>
umm but this is getting off topic.<br><br>
i wish i could get my hands on my grandparents' photos from their trip to new zealand and fiji, i'd really like to scan some, they're so pretty
 
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