Tuesday, September 23, 2008

Chengdu and Songpan

We went on a hike one day in Songpan and found some villagers harvesting potatoes and we decided to help them.

After harvesting potatoes for a while they fed us lunch on the side of the road.

This donkey was going to eat me

Yep, we went.

We saw a lot of damage from the earthquake on our way up to Songpan.

About six hours of the eleven hour bus ride from Songpan back to Chengdu was down an incredible canyon. At the top we were literally in the clouds. It was amazing.

I bet you are wondering, now why would she put up a picture of cows? I will tell you why...they are yaks! So much more exotic. Now you appreciate the picture, don't you.

Monday, September 22, 2008

This is Haiyo, our travel buddy (the mouse, not the monkey).  Expect to see more of him in random places throughout Asia.

We visited a monastery in Chengdu and there were monks all over the place.  I don't know why we were so excited to see them...like we weren't expecting to see monks at a monastery or something.

Our room at the Mix Hostel in Chengdu

This was the coolest hostel I have ever seen.  I could have lived there.

We loved it so much that we felt we wanted to leave our mark somehow.  We decided the wall was the best place.

Tuesday, September 9, 2008

We love ten kuai shirts!!!

And this is why...

Buying my geetar

This is what I'm doing about 90 percent of my time here...ok maybe like 60 percent...

Meighan and I going to throw away our crap dinner. It was mucho crappy.

Friday, September 5, 2008

Charity: Water

I made a new find this morning and I feel the overwhelming need to share this with as many people as possible. It's called Charity: Water. It is a non-profit organization that travels the world to dig wells for villages who are unable to get their own clean water. This month they are doing a special campaign to help villages in Ethiopia. They are asking people who have September birthdays to ask their friends and family to donate money to the charity instead of giving them presents. If you have a September birthday go to the website, www.charitywater.org or www.borninseptember.org, and you can make your own page in order to spread the word to your friends and family. If you don't have a September birthday, still go to the website and just find a random person's page to donate on. THIS IS IMPORTANT PEOPLE!!! One in six people don't have access to clean water and thousands of people die each day from water related diseases. What a useless way to die. We all have so much we are able to give and more often than not, all we end up giving are excuses as to why we can't make a difference. This is your chance. All you have to do is donate, it's that simple.

Wednesday, September 3, 2008

A Night Out On The Town

This is our new favorite place to hang out on the weekends. Apparently they have really good nachos with homemade salsa, but I have yet to try them because they are always out. I have been having major Mexican food withdrawals for a while now. Can someone please look into sending me a burrito? It would be much appreciated.

This is Timo...or Tibo...or Tivo...we can't really decide. But he lives a couple buildings away from us in our community and we had just met him earlier that same day. Anna and I were sitting in our little reading nook and she looked out the window and was like "Dang, that's definitely not an Asian." She flung open the window and started asking him about his dog, meanwhile the rest of us had our faces pressed up against the window drooling (the lack of testosterone here has made all of us slightly crazy. We freak out when we see - or smell for that matter - something even remotely attractive). So that night we are sitting at the pub and Anna was talking about our little encounter with the hot foreigner and seriously not five minutes later he walked up to our table and was like "Didn't I talk to you earlier today?" What are the odds.

Walking Street

I love my bubble tea

Can you find my friends? They are there amidst the chaos, I promise.