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    Born to Run by Christopher McDougall - (K) Humorous and thorough history and science behind ultrarunners and long-distance running
    *****
    Long Walk to Freedom by Nelson Mandela - (K) An autobiography covering his childhood, years as a freedom fighter and incarceration. Inspiring and informative
    *****
    The Shadow of the Wind by Carlos Ruiz Zafón - (K&T) A mystery set in Barcelona involving an old book, a failed writer and murder
    *****
    Lush Life by Richard Price - A Lower East Side tale of cops, drugs and drinking
    ***
    The Chinese by Jesper Becker - (K&T) Modern history of my peeps, from the cultural revolution to the many failed economic and social attempts to move the country forward
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    Setting the Table by Danny Meyer - A "how-to" on hospitality and business acumen by the restaurateur behind such NY institutions as the Shake Shack and Union Square Grill
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    The Audacity of Hope by Barack Obama - Obama lays out what is wrong with the current government and how, vaguely, to change it.
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Taking Our Marriage on the Road

As Tim mentioned in a previous post, our year of traveling has not always been fun and games. Think about it: the common bickering between man and wife, the stress of traveling in a foreign country, and the sadness of finding yet another filthy bathroom all gets compounded. Worst yet, you are spending 24 hrs a day, 7 days a week, 11 months with the person you most love, but also the person who many times you’ve wanted to kill–and in a fight between me and Tim I would ALWAYS put money on ME and my Chinese cleaver. Continue reading

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Four Days in Istanbul

Honestly, if you had asked me about traveling to Turkey a few years ago, I would have had no interest. My thoughts on Turkey were mostly formed by the German thoughts of the late 80s. As a twelve year old living in the small town of Nußloch, Germany, I saw many immigrant Turks and heard the various complaints that conservatives generally have about immigrants – They take our jobs, they live off welfare, they are dirty, etc. I didn’t think much of Turkey or have any desire to go. We did not put it in our plans for our trip.

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Heard in a London Bathroom

I was waiting in line in the bathroom.  As soon as one of the girls came out of the stalls, I turned to he girl behind me, who looked like she had to go bad: “Don’t worry, I’ll make it quick.”

As I said that, another English girl walked into thebath room: “Oh, but Asian girls take a looong time in the bathroom.”

Me:  “Hm.”

She: “Oh, but I can say that because my friend is Asian.”

That’s pretty much like Diesel making Asian jokes because he’s married to an Asian, which doesn’t make it any more acceptable. Let’s face it. Only Asians can make Asian jokes.

Me (rolling my eyes): “Riiight.”


London, or You Can Never Have Too Much Cream

Wow, it’s been a while since I posted. I know, but it’s like the more free time I have, the less I feel like blogging. And now, with TV in English and reality shows galore, it’s been like heaven!

So what are the chances that two very close relatives would be unemployed at the same time??? Pretty slim, but that’s exactly what happened in London.  My cousin Felipe (nicknamed Tico) graduated this summer from the renowned London Business School and between graduation and his new job, he enjoyed a whole month of staycation (because, as you all know, when you’re unemployed you have no $ to travel). Continue reading

In Switzerland and Picasa

Will write more, but after an awesome week with my cousin and then Tim in London, I made my way to Lausanne, where I am hanging out with an old German friend who moved here.

Also, after SO many months, I finally accepted that I like picasa way  more than Flickr, so from now on, my pics will be posted on picasa:

http://picasaweb.google.com/chowkelly