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The 100 Wine Challenge: #1

For Christmas a couple years ago my brother gave me a gift that was for wine enthusiasts, which I would consider myself as an amateur, but still an enthusiast nonetheless. Basically, it is a board that you fill up with wine corks and use as a tack board. I thought it was a super cool idea and vowed to fill… Read more
March 31, 2009 · Continue Reading · 1
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A Day at the Zoo

Who likes the zoo?! I do, I do! It was quite amusing that the day before I went to the zoo here in Sydney, I was actually teaching a young Korean girl about the zoo in English lesson. She got excited when I told her about my weekend plans, and I got excited, too. I love the zoo! The sun… Read more
March 30, 2009 · Continue Reading · 2
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Sydney Is A Bit Batty

Sydney, Australia is a very batty place, and not in the mental “crazy” sense, but in the literal way all the trees in the Botanical Gardens are swarming with gigantic, creepy bats! The first time I found myself wandering around the gardens, I was confused as to the constant, unpleasant noise filling the air. When suddenly I looked up to… Read more
March 24, 2009 · Continue Reading · 3
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Touching the Untouchable

If I made a list of the far-flung places I have now traveled to, it would probably contain the following: 1) Guatemala 2) Ukraine 3) Kyrgyzstan 4) Kazakhstan I didn’t think I could add my current country to this list, but after many shocked glances and responses about how remote it is, I decided that Australia now makes itself known… Read more
March 14, 2009 · Continue Reading · 10

Bribes: The True Ukrainian Experience

Once you explain the meaning of the word “bribe” to a Ukrainian person their look of misunderstanding quickly changes to the “oh-yeah-i-know-that-because-it’s-normal” look. Bribes are everywhere in Ukrainian life. These actions are so blatant that what we might know as “money under the table” is actually just “money set on top of the table in an envelope”. One of the… Read more
March 5, 2009 · Continue Reading · 3

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