Thursday, January 28, 2010

How the Mighty Have Fallen

One of my classes was studying relative pronouns such as "Kobe Bryant is a person who plays basketball" where "who" connects the subject a descriptive clause . Who plays basketball? Kobe. So therefore Kobe is a person who plays basketball. BRILLIANT! I gave them a sheet that required them to make up similar phrases for well known sports stars, writers, actors etc. In trying to spread some American culture, I added Tiger Woods and Brad Pitt to the list of Japanese stars figuring that they would all know enough about these 2 men to say something resembling a correct answer. Little did I know that Tiger was all too well known even on Sado. "Who is Tiger Woods" I asked group number 3. "Tiger Woods is a man who has many girlfriends" they answered. That hilarious comment was shortly followed by group number 6's "Tiger Woods is an American who likes many women". Oh...yeah....He golfed at one point too, right?

Sunday, January 17, 2010

More pictures from my Winter Vacation

A painting on a wall in Seoul. Ummm, I know art often represents something far deeper than the artist's words can express, but let me try some: I AM A TWISTED FREAK!
A coffee shop that keeps sheep., I get it!
This statue was so fabulous.
This is supposed to say Happy New Year, but I believe it looks like a far darker tiding. A lower case N and an upper case W did them in I believe.

The Bird's Nest was HUGE! Practically the biggest "thing" I ever seen.Gotta know where to eat when you come to Beijing.
Speaking of eating!Come on! Like you wouldn't eat some scorpions if they flash fried them.
New Years in Beijing. An Australian decided to befriend us for the rest of 2009. He'd been "riding kangaroos" and decided to come visit Beijing. A great time all around

It's been too Long

Dear readers, please forgive me for not writing for so long. I hope that none of you lost faith in this blog or its author. I assure you, during my break I was actively collecting many blog worthy tales and items on during my hiatus. That said, if a picture is worth 1000 words, I'd have to write 302,000 words to explain all of my adventures so I'll spare you that. Rather, I'll let the pictures, and a few witty captions, tell the story on their own. So, with no further delay...

Aya, Travis and Erika met me in NYC last year over spring break, so getting to repeat our meeting in Tokyo was a real treat.

As an American, should I be offended?

Chairman Mao should really do a MTV Cribs Episode.

Marketing is very important
Temple of Heaven - UNESCO World Heritage Site. AMAZING!