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The Far Reaches of Normal - Part 3

The New Year is a great time to dream up, or better yet, plan your next journey. Take the first step toward the goal, internal change, or far-off place you've always wanted to reach. If you need inspiration, or just want to prime your imagination, come with me to "The Far Reaches of Normal."


jadefrank's picture

Travels in China

Happy New Year Cara!

Thank you for continuing to share your adventures with the PulseWire community. I especially enjoyed reading The Far Reaches of Normal because it reminded me of my own solo journey in Yunnan, China. What a beautiful corner of the world with such rich cultures of people - cultures that are so different from that of typical Han Chinese.

Here's to new adventures in 2010!

Warm regards,

Cara Lopez Lee's picture

My pleasure

Happy New Year to you, Jade!

Thanks for taking a peek at my stories. I'm always delighted to find other people who've traveled in China. I, too, was struck by how many different cultures I found scattered throughout China. I found the Naxi and Bai people to be wonderfully friendly.

I'm heading back to South China this spring, to visit some distant cousins from my great-grandfather's village. One of them is 100 years old and we'll celebrate his 101st birthday when I'm there. His birthday happens to coincide with the Qing Ming festival honoring the ancestors. I'll also be participating in that festival as research for the novel I'm working on.

I say yes, yes, yes to new adventures in 2010!

Happy Trails,

jadefrank's picture

China travels

Hi Cara,

Yes, I too found the Naxi and Bai people to be so friendly and welcoming, as well as full of life and rich traditions. I taught English at a university in Kunming and had a wide variety of students from various villages around Yunnan, including Naxi and Bai, and some of whom invited me to visit their homes where I was warmly welcomed by their families.

I must admit I am a bit jealous to hear that you're traveling again to South China this spring, but I look forward to reading all about your experiences there in your upcoming book. And how amazing to help celebrate the 101st birthday of a cousin there! I think that we have so much to learn from Chinese in living long, healthy lives. Happy travels!

In friendship,

JaniceW's picture

Girls trek too

I am so enjoying your blog. You have a wonderful way of bringing your stories and the people to life. I can't wait for your book to come out! Best wishes for 2010,

Cara Lopez Lee's picture

Thank you


Thanks for the kind compliment. I'm glad you think I bring the amazing people I encounter to life, because I really wish everyone could experience them as I do.

My editor had to have eye surgery, so it might be fall instead of spring when my memoir comes out. I'll keep PulseWire posted. Meanwhile, I'm working on a novel based on the lives of my Chinese-Mexican ancestors. I'm heading back to China this spring to do some follow-up research. I can't wait for this next adventure.

May 2010 be your best year so far,

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