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Daily Prompt: Stranded

You’re stranded in a foreign city for a day with no money and no friends. Where do you go; what do you do?

Assuming I’m stranded, I must have just arrived in the city, so the railway station might be where I find myself.

beijing-tiananmen-square

I would probably make my way here to start with, following these directions from Google. http://goo.gl/maps/9CXgZ

They estimate just under 2 hours, but I think it will take me at least 3 or 4 hours, as I will be sightseeing along the way.

beijing

After spending some time at Tiananmen Square, as like most foreigners in a strange city, if there is a local embassy of our nationality, it’s time to see if they can help, out. So the directions to the Canadian Embassy are here http://goo.gl/maps/fqotb.

So today with smartphones are we ever really stranded in the historical sense of the word?

Find other lost traveller’s

“An Offer I Couldn’t Refuse.”

http://dailypost.wordpress.com/2012/11/27/daily-prompt-race-the-clock/

The topic is “An Offer I Couldn’t Refuse” you have 10 minutes.

If someone came up to me with an offer to pay my expenses as I spent a year at a teaching English at a Buddhist Temple or Wat overseas in Asia, I would be winding up my daily life here. Now I’m not talking living a Vancouver lifestyle in a foreign country, as that’s not the point. Rather a comfortable , safe place to live, good local food, transportation costs, and a little to do some sight seeing while there. I  would be able to offer classes to the Monks, as well as locals, concentrating on their ability to have a basic conversation in English.

I would gain through the cultural exchange by learning their culture, food and lifestyle. Making new friends, and learning to further reduce my attachment to physical objects. While there other than clothing, rent, food, transportation costs, I would also be able to donate a portion of my salary to the Temple or Wat, as well as my providing the English lessons. Communication costs of a cell phone and internet access, as I would also do a blog about the experience, after all I know many of you would enjoy reading about a Western Buddhist in a small village or city in Asia. The struggles of learning enough of their language to be able to function. If asked either Thailand or southern parts of China, as I have a little of both languages. Plus I love Thai food or Schezuan style Chinese food, for the spice, Shanghai style for the freshness.

Final minute, it’s always nice to have a what if dream, now you know mine.

Weekly Photo Challenge: Foreign

Vancouver makes this an easy one to accomplish without travelling.

The first picture is one of the 32 Terracotta style warriors that were on display  in Vancouver, Canada during 2012. These were done in the style of the Terracotta  Warriors in China, and decorated by artists. The statues were then auctioned off to provide funds for charitable purposes.

 

This next picture is from Vancouver’s historic Chinatown district. It features Lao Tzu who was one of the founders of Taoism in China.

 

 

Finally a picture from the Royal Thai Consular General’s showcase fair held in Richmond, BC, Canada in 2011.

 

Multiculturalism is a cornerstone of Canadian society. The foreign becomes familiar to us, we can travel the world with out leaving home, or it can inspire us to go and experience the world.

http://dailypost.wordpress.com/2012/10/26/weekly-photo-challenge-foreign/

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