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Autumn has gone, winter is here, and the end of the year is near…

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Year’s end is neither an end nor a beginning but a going on, with all the wisdom that experience can instill in us.  ~ Hal Borland

My autumn truly began in Long Island, NY at another half marathon the first weekend in October. This half marathon is called the Diva’s Half Marathon and it was very fun. They gave us tiaras and feather boas to cross the finish line in as well as little champagne flutes of sparkly juice at the end.

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Run Sister Run Divas! My big sis Taj & me. 

Later in the month I went geo caching for the first time with a friend of mine in Punderson State Park here in Cleveland. It was an absolutely gorgeous autumn day. Temperatures were close to the low 60s, the sun was shining, and all of the leaves were changing colors beautifully. We hiked for a few hours caught up and then warmed up with tea. It was a great way to end the month.

November is always a short month to me because of Thanksgiving. Every year I take shameless advantage of the fact that I have a built-in four-day weekend due to turkey day. This year I went to Germany; Munich to be exact. A close friend of mine moved to the city with her husband and I went for a visit. I only stayed for a week but I was able to get a lot done. Here are some of the highlights:

Zugspitze: highest peak in the German portion of the Alps:

Architecture and History in Munich: the whole freaking city is awesome, way too much cool architecture to see in a week, will be going back to see more.

Deutsch Museum: Science & Technology Museum; this is a definite must see! You need at least half a day to get through most of this place…just plan a whole day.

Day Trips: Nurnberg (only a 2 hour train ride away)

Christmas Markets: while I was there most Christmas markets were just opening up. I was able to go to more local markets, which was very nice.

Needless to say the trip was so much fun. My friends had to work during the day say, so most of my trip I was alone wandering about, but its nice traveling alone sometimes. I had plenty of time for reflection and I didn’t rush anywhere. I was able to take my time and see the city the way I wanted to. I missed some things but not many, either way I will be going to Munich again.

My trip to Germany wrapped up my November and December blew in with crazy cold temperatures and snow here in the Northeast. Work was extremely frenetic the first two weeks and utterly dead the third week in December. My family does a holiday trip every year for the Christmas season and this year we went to Universal Studios. It was nice to get out of the cold weather and have some fun while we were doing it. Of course the highlight of my trip was the Wizarding World of Harry Potter.

When I look back at this year, I can’t believe it went by so quickly. So many things have happened for the good and the bad. I’m just so thankful that I am healthy, happy, and my family is well. There has been plenty of change in 2016 and I can’t wait for what 2017 brings.

Since I will probably be asleep when the New Year rolls in, Happy New Year all. See you in 2017.

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Mini Vacation: Golden Week Shenanigans, Markets, and Museums Oh My!

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What would you say to having a week off for no other reason than to celebrate the inauguration of the People’s Republic of China (PRC)?

Let me think….

Sounds like a plan to me!

October 1st is National Day, but interestingly enough after some digging, I found out that the actual day that the PRC was founded was on September 21st, 1949. On October 1st, 1949  a ceremony was held in the  in Tiananmen Square which celebrated the forming of the Central People’s Government for the new country. The next day, October 2nd, 1949, the newly named government passed the ‘Resolution on the National Day of the People’s Republic of China’ and declared that October 1st to be National Day. Since 1950, October 1st have been celebrated in big style here in China.

So how does 1 National Day turn into 7 days of festivities? According to what I’ve been told and read, the legal holiday for National Day is 3-days on mainland China. These three days are then bookend by the weekends before and after those three days, hence a seven day vacation which is called ‘Golden Week.’ This holiday is the longest public holiday in China, besides Spring Festival holiday.

Long story short…I took shameless advantage of the time that I had off and explored!

On the first day of Golden Week a few friends and I went to Suzhou, which is reputed to be the silk capital in China. After hopping on an early train, we set off and took a tour of the Humble Administrator’s Garden, which is a beautiful house with many different rooms and of course plenty of greenery around. Next we took a boat ride in the canals of the city, and then we had a tour of the Silk Museum and we were even able to see one of the machines where the workers unravel the silk cocoons from the silk worms after they turn into moths.

Serenity and Beauty all in one - pic of one of the small houses in the garden.

Serenity and Beauty all in one – pic of one of the small houses in the garden.

Boat ride along the canal

Boat ride along the canal

After the museum the girls decided to to head to the renowned Wedding Dress street which has over 700 wedding dress shops, to find a dress for a bride to be in our group. We met up with the guys a little later as we made our way back to the train station.

Travel Group: (from left) Bonnie, Alex, Me!, Rachel aka Bride to Be! Kneeling is (from left) Sammy, and Ted

Travel Group: (from left) Bonnie, Alex, Me!, Rachel aka Bride to Be! Kneeling is (from left) Sammy, and Ted

 

It was a great first day of the week. After that the rest of the week was honestly a blur of sleeping in, wondering around the city, and studying. There were a few more highlights though.

One of them was going to one of the famed Fabric Markets here in Shanghai. The one that I have gone to twice already is off of Nanpu Bridge station (Line 4). It was basically a mall with 3 floors of nothing but fabrics and tailors. It can get pretty overwhelming at times, but it was fun going shopping for something to get made!

Shopping for some fabric to make into a skirt for a friend back in NYC!

Shopping for some fabric to make into a skirt for a friend back in NYC!

 

The latest adventure was yesterday, when I ventured with a few friends to the Shanghai Science and Technology Museum. Let me tell you – it was super duper fun! There were plenty of things that you could actually mess around with. It was almost like the Science and Technology Museum in Cleveland, Ohio. I felt like a kid again, especially running around with many gaggles of Chinese elementary schoolers that day!

Outside of the Shanghai Science and Technology Museum

Outside of the Shanghai Science and Technology Museum

Model of Insulin

Model of Insulin

Gaggles of school children at the Museum - I felt like a giant!

Gaggles of school children at the Museum – I felt like a giant!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Electrons!

Electrons!

Environmentally Friendly Concept Car

Environmentally Friendly Concept Car

 

So all in all it’s been a big crazy party the last week or so!

And now…back to class!