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  • DougReilly 5:55 pm on October 23, 2012 Permalink | Reply
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    Challenge 3 & 4 Roundup! And the sandals go to… 

    We’re awarding two pairs of Vere Sandals today, in response to the recent (and awesome) flurry of postings. Keep up the awesome work…Asiapod is really rich this year thanks to your contributions!

    Taylor “explorewithasmile” Anderson has certainly been doing that, and giving us (a lot of) dynamic video commentary from Viet Nam. These sandals, however, are given in honor of her work with the Map My Run challenge. Great job!

    Melissa Hosek gets the other pair of sandals this week, for her though provoking photograph and story “Monk in Luoyang”, which Mission Control found very profound, and pretty.

     
  • explorewithasmile 3:01 pm on October 22, 2012 Permalink | Reply
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    Challenge 3: Map My Route 

    I decided I would show you all my morning workout routine.

    There are some downs to living in the university student district of Ha Noi, but a major up to living here is the fabulous park that is a quick jog away from our student guesthouse. The park is filled at all times of day with all sort of Vietnamese people both male and female doing various kinds of exercise like jogging, ballroom dancing, yoga, tai chi, zumba and even working out on the jungle gym!

    Almost every morning I go for an early run to the park. I run 1.5 times around the lake where I then stop at a jungle gym area to do lunges, squats, pushups, situps, pullups and other exercises on some of the equipment. Afterwards I run back the way I came home to the guesthouse for a quick shower before class.

    My Route

    Sometime other female students and I get funny looks and comments in Vietnamese, but people have started to get used to some of us working out consistently. Even the guys at the jungle gym area are getting used to us and inviting us in to the rotation on the pullup bar!

    The ideal women in Asian cultures, not just Viet Nam, are thin and muscle-less. So, for William Smith athletes it can be a bit awkward and sometimes uncomfortable to work-out and be ‘big’ here. Even still, there are a lot of Vietnamese women at the park participating in activities like dancing – I guess to stay thin!

    : )

     
    • DougReilly 3:37 pm on October 23, 2012 Permalink | Reply

      I’m sure in the countryside you see some strong women. I recall some old ladies wielding machetes that I wouldn’t mess with. The topic of body image is very interesting, as is the thought that the Vietnamese guys you work out with may talk for many decades of the Amazonian American women that could beat them up! 🙂 Nice job using Google Maps to chart your run!

    • explorewithasmile 3:54 am on October 29, 2012 Permalink | Reply

      Countryside women are definitely strong, but still super thin- I can’t find muscle definition on them anywhere, but they sure can carry a very heavy load in those baskets! The body image issue in Vietnam is very interesting; weight is talked about constantly in a very public sphere of discussion. Fat = money (and good cook!), but the ideally beautiful woman = thin, pale, weak. So generally in Vietnam, Americans are VERY BIG and perceived as VERY RICH!

  • DougReilly 8:31 pm on October 2, 2012 Permalink | Reply
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    Challenge Three: Map Your Walk 

    Take a walk. Sign on to Map My Run.  Download the app.  Share your route!

    Americans abroad are usually shocked to find themselves walking. Everywhere. A lot. Feet are really wonderful devices for locomotion. You may have developed a regular walk to and from classes already, or you may have a favorite evening stroll you do to take in the sites and feel a part of your city. For this challenge, we want you to map it and share it here; it’s easy to do, we promise.

    If you don’t have a routine walk, go out and explore. Take note of where you go, and try to recreate that. When you post it, try to breath some life into the map with a description of some landmarks, a picture,  or even share surprise encounters.

    Here’s a map I made of my daily walk in Sevilla, Spain, from the neighborhood of Triana to the school I was studying at, across the river in Centro.  And,  a trek in Assisi, Italy that Juliet hoofed WITHOUT water in 90 degree HEAT — check out the elevation changes on this one!  Map My Run can be really interesting with that data.

    Congrats to appelsina7 (Melissa F.) for earning her sandals this week, in recognition of a great post and also a comment! Do post comments on other people’s posts, puts the social in social media, y’know?

     
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