Around the World #46: Lisa Gay

Picture of Dan and Lisa.

Dan and Lisa.

My guest today is Lisa Gay. She has lived in China and Japan for a number of years. We talked about her upcoming trip around China, swapped our worst Greyhound bus stories, and talked a bit about traveling in Japan.

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Show Notes:

  • I said that pandas were once legendary creatures. This was only partly true. Pandas were known, though not famous, in ancient China. They were indeed thought to be a myth in the West until 1869, when a French missionary sent a panda pelt to Europe.
  • Speaking of myths, this BBC article sheds some light on panda mating habits in captivity vs. in the wild.
  • Fun fact: The first Westerners to shoot a panda were none other than Kermit and Theodore Roosevelt Jr., sons of President Theodore Roosevelt.
  • In 2008, Vince Li killed and ate his fellow Greyhound bus passenger in Canada. I was shocked to learn that he was released earlier this year, after spending nine years in a Mental Health Center.
  • The International Olympic Committee has 95 members. The USA has four of those members. Lichtenstein, Monaco, Luxembourg and North Korea each have a single member, so when voting, the USA has as much power as those countries.

Click for more of my photos and videos from the panda park in Chengdu.

More photos from Zhangjiajie National Forest Park (湖南张家界国家森林公园)

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