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Potter Pandemonium

On July 21st, people in America and Europe were lining up around the corner waiting for the clock to strike midnight just to pick up their pre-ordered copy of the final installment of Harry Potter.

During that same time, it was July 22nd in China and we were eating lunch while Schäfer was taking a

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Hot Pot ?? = Chinese Fondue

?? hu?gu? where hu? means “fire” and gu? refers to “pot” is found all over China. Some say it’s popular in winter, but in Yichang – it’s popular year round.

Hot Pot is a large pot in the center of the table with a fire simmering below. Ingredients are placed in the pot and

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Mighty Muddy River

Here’s the spring run-off from the mountains of Tibet. It may look like coffee, but drink at your own risk.

Fruit Cobbler


INGREDIENTS: 1 cup flour 1 cup sugar 2 teaspoons baking powder 1 cup shelf milk 4 cups fresh fruit

1 tsp. cinnamon 2 Tbs. sugar

DIRECTIONS: 1. Place fruit in the bottom of a 9 x 13 pan. (I prefer a 9″ round.) 2. Mix the rest of the ingredients well and

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Oatmeal Spice Cake

I recommend doubling this recipe for a 9×13 pan if you like a hefty piece of cake. We generally eat this sans icing.

Combine and let stand 10 minutes: 1 3/4 cups boiling water 1 cup oatmeal

Add and mix well (until butter melts): 1/2 – 1 cup sugar 1/2 -1 cup lightly packed brown

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Wen Fo Mountain

It was a long uphill ride to Wen Fo Mountain.

We passed over small streams.

Behind waterfalls

At the top we had a rewarding view of the surrounding countryside. It was a real treat of a day as the previous couple days it rained, surprising (and briefly) washing all the

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