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[Austin, TX] It is Sunday morning. I’ve set my alarm for the obscenely early hour of 7 am because I have a task – run 8 miles!!! As part of my half-marathon training (I am hoping to complete the San Diego rock-and-roll half marathon in early June), I am building up to the 13.1-mile distance over a series of long runs, each one a couple of miles longer than the other. Sunday’s… Read More

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[Washington, DC] All along we’ve been checking the forecast for our trip and Wednesday, Oct 26th was supposed to be a partly sunny day with temperatures in the low 70s. During my morning run in Alexandria, the weather was beautiful and it was shaping up to be a relatively warm Fall day in the metro DC area. So we embarked on our walking tour of DC lightly dressed and without an umbrella…. Read More

[Hong Kong, China] Our last day of CMS! It came so quickly, yet at the same time it felt as if months had passed since we first embarked on this trip! There were still quite a few places to see in Hong Kong but there were only a few hours left before our dinner reception at Victoria Peak. Therefore, we went to a couple of places close to the hotel. Our first… Read More

[Hong Kong, China] Monday and Tuesday were both whirlwind days in Hong Kong. We were in a race with time to see as many attractions as possible. Monday morning started out with our usual country briefing. We had a little bit of time for lunch before the city tour, so went to a Dim Sum place right by our hotel. We didn’t have any Asians with us this time so it was… Read More

[Hong Kong, China] On the bus ride from the Hong Kong Airport to the hotel, someone said, “Did you guys notice? NO HONKING!!!”. Someone else said, “Yeah, and there are only motorized vehicles on the highway!” I don’ think there was anyone in our group who didn’t long for normalcy after a week in India. Upon arriving in our hotel around noon, we all went across the street to the 7-Eleven to… Read More

[New Delhi, India] Despite the fact that we had arrived in Delhi on Friday, May 20, our weekend trips to Jaipur and Agra kept us from exploring the city. It wasn’t until Monday, May 23rd that we finally had a full day of activities in India’s capital.

[Singapore, Singapore] Upon arriving in Singapore around 3 am local time today, we stood in the lobby of our hotel, desperately trying to determine what “tomorrow” meant – Monday, May 15th, Tuesday, May 16th or Wednesday, May 17th? We had traveled through so many time zones that “yesterday” and “tomorrow” had become meaningless and induced only furrowed brows and confused looks. One thing, however, was pretty clear – the day was just… Read More