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John Guen-Murray
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Exit COS Trip: Thailand
  Onset of Dengue Fever in Climbing Transport, Chiang Mai After the Philippines Libby and I flew from Manila to Bangkok, Thailand. In Asia's, perhaps, most dense concentration of vice and tranquility, we met Gabby, my Peace Corps site mate from last year. O...

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Exit COS Trip Pt.1: Philippines
5:30am at Siquijor  For our exit Peace Corps China trip Libby and I decided to head to the Philippines for our first stop. We set out on July 12th from Chengdu and arrived on the small south central island of Siquijor, Philippines the next day. There we vis...

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Two Years in Peace Corps China
I want to acknowledge how special every friend I have made
in the Peace Corps is to me, especially my site mate, city mates, and traveling
partners who have made my time in the PC so great. I will miss all of my batshit
students who made me laugh every seco...

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Climbing in Yangshuo with Friends
A Field In Yangshuo 2015's Tomb Sweeping Festival was a brief three-day weekend, but a chance to leave site, to see new things, and make new friends. For the holiday Libby, her Australian friend Abby, and I went to Yangshuo to climb. We set out on Friday ni...

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Spring in Wanzhou: Change
Like the rest of the planet, Spring is a period of change and rebirth in Wanzhou. Except, Spring only lasts about two weeks here. The joke is Chongqing only experiences two seasons: Winter and Summer. This is less of a joke and more of a truth. But these tw...

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Climbing in China: Getu Redux
Bouldering Miao's Razor at Bianse Lake After Peace Corps China's annual two week In-Service Training, Carl, Libby, and myself set out for a 23 day climbing trip in Getu, Guizhou Province (Feb 1st-23rd, 2015). Last year during this time Libby and I came to G...

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Climbing in China: Getu Redux
Bouldering Miao's Razor at Bianse Lake After Peace Corps China's annual two week In-Service Training, Carl, Libby, and myself set out for a 23 day climbing trip in Getu, Guizhou Province (Feb 1st-23rd, 2015). Last year during this time Libby and I came to G...

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Camping in China: Enshi Grand Canyon and Wanzhou
Bouldering down river from our campsite From October 1-7 China observes National Holiday. The new middle class and higher use the spare time to travel, while migrant workers, if lucky enough to get time off, will use the time to return home for a few days. ...

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Midsummer: Summer Project, Shanghai, and EcoCamp
On a hike in Pengshui, Chongqing Province This post is out of chronological order. It picks up after Jurassic Park: Visiting a Student in Rural Wulong County.  Comparatively, midsummer appears to be the least exciting part of my summer, but for me, an exper...

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Traveling with Family: Tibet, Taishan, and Hong Kong
Bouldering at Mt. Everest August 7th, the busiest day of my summer, I met my family at the East Gate of Sichuan University. Having come directly from EcoCamp early that morning and talking to the PC China 20s about some business during the day, I was pretty...
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