List of Topics from “Diary from Asia – 2006"
By Dona Sauerburger, COMS®

Thursday, November 16, 2006 – Narita Airport (Tokyo, Japan)
  • greetings;
  • funky Japanese typewriters;
  • flying across the world in comfort;
  • tentative plans for the trip to Thailand

    Saturday, November 18, 2006 – Bangkok, Thailand
  • arrival in Bangkok,
  • first venture into the city;
  • introduction to Thai O&M specialist Chalam Yam-iam and a visit to his home

    Monday, November 20, 2006 – Bangkok, Thailand
  • scary buses and a disregard for life;
  • mention of observation of O&M lesson in Thailand

    Tuesday, November 21, 2006 – Bangkok, Thailand
  • getting ready to go to Pak Chong and the National Forest

    Tuesday, November 21, 2006 – near Pak Chong, Thailand
  • Sandra Stirnweis’s traveling style
  • arrival at Pak Chong and the National Forest;
  • history of the use of fork and spoon instead of chopsticks;
  • explanation of why I was in Thailand 43 years ago.

    Wednesday, November 22, 2006 – Pak Chong, Thailand
  • description of the area;
  • pleasure at being able to speak the language;
  • Thai workers endangered when working on the road;
  • observation of an O&M lesson for blind students in Thailand.

    Later that night, Wednesday November 22:
  • trip through the market at Pak Chong;
  • watching the bats emerge from their cave

    Friday, November 24, 2006 – Pak Chong, Thailand
  • road workers again endangered;
  • adventures in the town of Pak Chong

    Sunday, November 26, 2006 – Bangkok to Hong Kong
  • adventures with Nu in Bangkok, including the Palace and Siam Square;
  • vegetarian Buddhist center;
  • honors to the King at his anniversary / birthday;
  • "day-tripping" to see the new airport;
  • flying in an Arab plane from Thailand to Hong Kong

    Monday, November 27, 2006 – Hong Kong, China
  • International Mobility Conference (IMC);
  • Thai dancing performance;
  • banquet at the conference;
  • Thai National Forest

    Tuesday, November 28, 2006 – Hong Kong, China
  • Hong Kong;
  • issues of translating the presentation to Chinese

    Wednesday, November 29, 2006 – Hong Kong, China
  • Hong Kong and the conference;
  • introduction to former Chinese refugee Mr. Wong and his friends;

    Thursday, November 30, 2006 – Hong Kong, China
  • dinner cruise;
  • stories of Mr. Wong and friends getting to Hong Kong from China
  • turning Hong Kong over to China

    Friday, December 1, 2006 – Guangzhou, China
  • observations/adventures of Hong Kong and traveling to Guangzhou, including insights on the Chinese dislike of Japanese
  • Sandra Stirnweis’s traveling style, and our luck with haphazard planning

    Sunday, December 3, 2006 – Guangzhou, China
  • getting from Guangzhou to Hong Kong

    Monday December 4 – Hong Kong (describing Guangzhou, China)
  • observations and adventures in mainland China / Guangzhou;
  • initial observations in Japan

    Tuesday, December 5, 2006 – Hiroshima, Japan
  • Hiroshima and the Peace Garden

    Friday, December 8, 2006 – Okayama, Japan
  • seeing the "real" Japan in Okayama;
  • visiting a temple near the university
  • delightful dinner at Japanese restaurant with friends from Okayama Prefectural University
  • research projects at Okayama Prefectural University

    Saturday morning, December 9 – Kyoto, Japan
  • 60th birthday;
  • adventures on Shikoku island of Japan

    Sunday, December 10, 2006 – Kyoto, Japan
  • adventures in Kyoto

    LAST Diary from Asia: December 11, 2006
  • adventures in Shinbashi (part of Tokyo);
  • dinner with great companions;
  • observing research projects for blind people;
  • odds and ends of Japan and Asia (accessibility for people with disabilities; Christmas; vegetarians; system of network of friends; etc.)s

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