This was what I would call a travel mishap that turned into an adventure: On a boat, in Cambodia, by myself. It could have been much worse! 1:20 p.m. My tuk-tuk driver leaves me where he probably thinks I want to go: in front of a quiet guest house occupying a few yards of land […]
A couple of weeks ago, I started class with my Chinese college freshmen students by talking about western families, and one student wanted to know if I had any siblings. I said yes, I have one. Siblings aren’t as rare here as I had expected before I moved to China (despite 34 years of China’s […]
I had no idea how different college life in China was from the US – until, at age 24, I got a job as an expat teaching English to students at a Chinese university. My first three months teaching English here have been quite a learning experience – about myself, about Chinese culture and about […]
The smell of this nutty brown ale, lovingly shuttled home from a weekend trip to Beijing, is achingly familiar. I’m swirl the bottle, letting the aroma fill my nose, with a sip already around rolling in my mouth. I mean that sincerely – achingly. I think some homesickness is setting in, and this almost hurts. […]
My first month after moving to China was not a blissful honeymoon. It was a month of confusion, nerves, and stress – the good kind and the bad – peppered with lots of fun. (Like the mouth-numbing peppercorns in nearly every dish here – surprising, not entirely comfortable, but intriguing.) The amount of work that […]
One of my best and favorite phrases I’ve learned in Mandarin – and definitely the only one I use in every single conversation, even though it takes my pride down a notch – is this: “Tīng bù dǒng.” It means, “I don’t understand.” Before I expat-ed myself to China, learning such a phrase seemed like […]
I’m working on many things. One of them is moving to China. Another is this site.