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more tombs and a Buddhist relic


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the Captain was here

the Captain was here

the way down

the way down

wall paintings in the grave

wall paintings in the grave

hrmm

hrmm

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hey look

Burial mound

Burial mound

Fraction of the real deal

Fraction of the real deal

dios mio!

dios mio!

the other guy

the other guy

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Olympic torch

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While we didn't go to too many sites today, it was still filled with lots of things to see and really sore feet. The first mausoleum we went to was a tiny one, that of a granddaughter of the Dowager Empress Wu. In one story, she was spreading rumors about the grandmother, in another she died in child birth. In any case, she wasn't very ceremoniously buried, which is why her tomb is tiny, but it's still filled with treasure. Too bad there were a lot of artifacts I wasn't allowed to photograph.

Next was the tomb "mountain" of the Dowager Empress. While her tomb has been located it hasn't been excavated. Because everything in China costs money, we didn't take a tour to go see her actual site, just the mountain where she's lying. Tang rulers like to dig into mountains, the Han and Qin like to go underground. In any case, she's the first and only female emperor in Chinese history, so it was neat to check out. She also left an unmarked stone pillar, which traditionally would've proclaimed the ruler's feats in life, but she decided to forgo that route and let history decide her performance.

The last place we visited after going through 5 roadblocks was Famen Si, a Buddhist complex that has been around since the Tang, so about 1500 + years. It housed a finger bone of Sakayamuni and 8 emperors have personally worshiped at the complex. The stuff we saw today though, was all new. The temple complex fell into disuse and abuse over the last 1000 years and only a portion of the original 24 courts remain. The new stuff looks too modern for Buddha...but oh well, just my opinion. I really wished we had known that the antiquities region of the complex would've been open we would've gone there first instead of seeing the giant gold plated Buddha. When the main tower collapsed in 1981, they started to rebuild and unearthed a hidden cache of Tang era treasure which included the finger bone. Sadly, I wasn't allowed to photograph in the museum, but there were some amazing artifacts that showed the Tang's ingenuity and artistic prowess.

Hopefully, I'll learn how to post pictures correctly....

- Shuang Ouyang

Posted by RXTRAVELS 15:30 Archived in China Tagged family_travel Comments (1)

Cambodia in Italy??

and lots of pictures!


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Hey Everybody!

The past few days we've been studying which is not ideal, but we get to study outside in the hill of Tuscany which is pretty awesome! Two nights ago the group went to Cambodia Circus to see funny dancing, acrobats, and cortortionism. We had almost no idea what the storyline was but we had a wonderful time! The day before Ashley, Kayleigh and I roamed around Cortona and took pictures while Jordan was drinking wine in lab. Here are some pictures from the Circus and an afternoon in Cortona! We just finished our first exam so we are going to explore today, maybe go to a carnival, maybe shop, and definitely have a lot of fun! We have officially book a girls trip to Cinque Terre for my birthday and just to have a fun beach weekend! We will keep everyone updated as much as we can!

Ciao,
Libby
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Posted by RXTRAVELS 02:13 Archived in Italy Tagged family_travel Comments (2)

Xi'an

first full day!

overcast 64 °F
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I'm too tired to write much of anything...but I uploaded some photos. I hope they get linked to the uploaded photos, but I might have left my brain on the plane because I'm still jet lagged as hell. Still, it's been awesome visiting the cradle of Chinese civilization. More stuff to do tomorrow and more photos!
-Shuang Ouyang

Posted by RXTRAVELS 09:50 Archived in China Tagged family_travel Comments (1)

S. Korea 5/14/2010

another day, more things to see

sunny
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So thanks to mi padre, another early morning awakening at 5:45am...AHHH!

This morning I ended up deciding to take advantage of our gym on the 2nd floor, and my mom said we should try out the stretching class. I figured.... Oh yea stretching, that should be nice/easy. Yea right... it was stretching on steroids. The class consisted of about 10 women, most over the age of 50. The instructor was a fit 30 something y.o. male. He kicked our butts like no other. This was a stretching class for about 10 minutes, then he got crazy on us and started making us do push-ups... on our FINGERS, among other random exercises that women of that age shouldn't be attempting. I'll probably continue this class since it's free and all, but geez, did not expect that and I felt pretty bad for the other ladies...I heard a lot of groaning on their part.

Later this afternoon, the fam and I took a nice stroll to the nearby mall, I'Park Mall, to grab some food and check out the place. The stores are pretty nice... Some of the styles are a little too funky for my taste. (example: a whole section of disney/mickey mouse inspired clothes... for adults). There are some cute stores though. I think some of the fashions are some random european brands. Another thing I've noticed over here is that prices are crazy for things imported from the U.S. I went to a store and saw an Aveeno lotion (small 8 oz bottle) for over $20. Hopefully when I feel up to walking around here by myself, I'll have to explore this mall some more. I'm sure I'll come out with some good finds.

Oh almost forgot... on the way to the mall, totally walked by a shop full of prostitutes. haha. I think it's kind of like Korea's red light district where we walked by. Some girl was sitting in the window with her shirt off. Sorry... no pictures.

Also on the walk, there are a lot of cool little vendors on the street. The street food looks amazing. Blows the downtown Athens hotdog stand out of the water for sure. I'll have to take pics of these sometime soon.

On the way back home saw my first pharmacy in Korea. It was a lil dinky looking, but it was a pharmacy none-the-less.

Ok....well that's all for now. More updates coming up soon. I think we're going on a boatride tomorrow on the river in the city. :) Also, I think I'm going to a wedding next weekend, so that should be interesting.

- Christina

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pretty fountain in the entrance way

Posted by RXTRAVELS 06:34 Archived in South Korea Tagged family_travel Comments (0)

Hello Korea

My first few days here

sunny
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Here's the play-by-play of my trip thus far:

The flight: I have to say, I'm pretty impressed with Korean Air. Service is top-notch, and it was somewhat comfortable considering the length of the flight. I thought it was cool because each seat had a touch screen monitor and a remote to play video games, watch tons of movies and listen to music. (this kept me preoccupied for about 8 hours). The food was alright, and the free beer and wine was a plus. I got pretty antsy the last 3 hours of the flight and didn't get a wink of shut eye, but I finally arrived at Seoul/Incheon airport at around 4:30pm on Wednesday, May 12.

May 12: After getting off the flight, I was a lil confused finding my way because, let's be honest, my Korean sucks. So after a few minutes, found my way to the immigration booth, and waited for my baggage.... that was easy, then I needed to find my mom. Not as easy since every woman over 50 looks kinda like my mom over here. Anyways... She picked me up in the front and we hopped on bus towards my dad's work. The 1st thing I noticed here is that drivers in Korea are crazy. Don't think they will stop for you if you decide to jaywalk, you most likely will get hit.

So once my dad picked me up, we made our way to our apartment. My parent's apartment over here is really nice. Everything is very high tech and energy efficient. We have a really nice view since we have a corner apartment, so I can see pretty much the entire city. After dinner with the fam, I ended up conking out from the jet lag.

May 13: Woke up bright and early at 6:00am thanks to my dad blasting the tv in the wee hours.

Watched Korean morning cartoons (oh random... they have Lazy Town). Went to the sauna/spa with my mom in the morning. We did the hot tub, sauna, and did a skin peel. My skin feels like a baby's butt. :)

The rest of the day wasn't too eventful, just hung out. Once my dad came home from work, we ended up going out on the town to grab dinner and do a little sightseeing. We walked the streets, and there are tons of vendors selling food and misc electronic items. From walking around I've found that a staple here is coffee shops. There's at least one on every corner. Also the people here are super trendy. All the women (even the older women) wear big heels or fun sneakers, skinny jeans, funky tops, and designer bags. The guys are the same, skinny jeans, designer bags, high tech gadgets, etc.

We ended up seeing King Sejong's museum briefly. He's the king who invented the Korean alphabet by using scientific analysis. There was also a huge statue we saw of a famous general, but I'm not sure of the story. (no Korean history classes in school). After seeing the sights, we got hungry and my dad really wanted to get some spicy octopus. We ended up going to a different restaurant than the regular my parents go to. This was a mistake. The food was so spicy, I couldn't eat it. After dinner, we were heading back, but we noticed a lot of lanterns under a bridge in the city. My mom said there are lanterns all around the city because Buddha's birthday is coming up soon. We ended up going under the bridge to look at all the paper lanterns and the man-made river built in the middle of the city. Supposedly, there was once a river there, but when everything turned industrialized, it was all torn up and streets and bridges were built over it. Since the city is cleaner, they wanted to make the area more beautiful, so the city rebuilt the river (which is now electrically powered), and it now runs through the city. It was really nice, and on our way out we actually saw a crane perched on top of a tree nearby. Mind you, we were in the middle of the city... so it was a tree next to a 50+ story building.

Ok so that's all I have for now. I will try to update often.
View from the apartment

View from the apartment


apartment view

apartment view


Me near the man-made river

Me near the man-made river


King Sejong

King Sejong


river paper lanterns

river paper lanterns


another paper lantern

another paper lantern


fun wooden sculpture atop a building

fun wooden sculpture atop a building


night view from my room

night view from my room

Posted by RXTRAVELS 15:58 Archived in South Korea Tagged family_travel Comments (0)

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