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Life continues to change.  After living in Washington DC for two years, I moved to overseas again for a new adventure...

From 2001 to 2005, I lived in Taipei, Taiwan.  The city changed for the better since I left in July, 1992.  It had become considerably more modern and livable -- pollution is way down and crossing the street is no longer so hair-raising.  Fortunately, the place did not lose its good side.  The people, food and culture are as compelling as ever. The return to Taipei also given me the chance to deepen my knowledge of Chinese language and culture. I was also been lucky enough to make side trips to Cambodia, Laos, Thailand, Indonesia, Burma, Malaysia, Singapore and Japan. 

From 1998 to 2001, I lived in Russia and traveled to almost 30 regions, allowing me to see more of the country than just Moscow and St. Petersburg.  Russia was riot of contrasting impressions.  Visiting farms and factories, sharing ideas with local officials and having one too many vodka-related hangovers were all part of the experience.  I smelled the freshness of the water on Lake Baikal, rode around with the Don Cossacks, visited the dusty steppe where Yuri Gagarin fell to earth and flew eight hours on a domestic flight.  Since summer 1998, Russia weathered economic crises, war and strange goings on in the news, but ever stayed a fascinating, wonderful and challenging country to live in. 

Before going to Russia in July 1998, I lived in Washington, DC and worked for various parts of the U.S. Government as a policy researcher, Congressional staff member and economist.  Outside of these things, I had other jobs including professional photographer, TV actor, construction worker, English teacher, and many other things I have surely forgotten.  I grew up near Rochester, NY but went to university in Ithaca, NY and Lansing, MI.  I also lived on Taiwan from 1990 to 1992.

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