Monthly Archives: December 2011

Oslo, a First-Class Metropolis or the World’s Most Expensive City?

Since it’s the holiday season, I thought I’d take you for a picture tour of another amazing Northern European city. Oslo is our destination today. A couple of years ago, to celebrate our wedding anniversary, we flew to Norway for … Continue reading

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The Fourth Round: The Battle of the Bikes

When I first visited Beijing in 1994 it was minus 20C. The sky was an incredible azure colour, the wind blasted in from the Gobi Desert and the streets were filled with bicycles. I had never seen so many bicycles … Continue reading

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2011 – End of Year Reflections and Acknowledgements

Days before the new Millennium under our sparkly Christmas tree, I opened a carefully wrapped present and was greeted with a little note book with beautiful sunflowers on the cover. It was a gift from a thoughtful friend who knew … Continue reading

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Memoirs Aren’t Fairytales – Death and Survival in China

  Death be not proud, though some have called thee Mighty and dreadful, for thou art not so; For those whom thou think’st thou dost overthrow Die not, poor death, nor yet canst thou kill me.   -John Donne   … Continue reading

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