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Trip: Year in China

There are [154] stories from my trip: Year in China


CHINA | Sunday, 23 Mar 2008 | Views [891] | Comments [3]

Chinese fashion is a lot to take in.  When I first arrived, I saw so many bright purple and gold Dolce and Gabana shirts on men, that I thought either the town had painted itself in my alma maters colors in expectation of my arrival or that Western fashion ... Read more >

Tags: culture, fashion

It's hard to ignore

CHINA | Friday, 21 Mar 2008 | Views [450]

Things are going down here. History is happening. And I'm here to sort of witness it and try to read about it from foreign newspapers on the internet. I don't really know what to say about it. It's crazy. Luckily, nothing much is happening in Beijing.... Read more >

Tags: culture, current events

I'm still sick

CHINA | Wednesday, 19 Mar 2008 | Views [466] | Comments [2]

It's getting ridiculous.  But I'm still sick.  I returned from Beijing on February...something I don't know the end of February.  And within two days, the noxious air had me with mucus filled lungs.  Now, about three weeks later, I'm still coughing.... Read more >

Tags: sick

This is your mind on university

CHINA | Tuesday, 18 Mar 2008 | Views [610] | Comments [2]

My university experience took my mind and inflated it with a bicycle pump.  Then, it turned it inside out, poured acid on it to make it melt, and blended it to a pulp.  Then, it poured it into a mold, slightly different from the previous mold, and baked ... Read more >

Tags: culture, students, work

Parent-teacher conference

CHINA | Sunday, 16 Mar 2008 | Views [916] | Comments [1]

Today I had lunch with Kevin and his parents. They brought me to a very nice Sichuan restaurant in Beijing They picked me up this morning at 10:30 am. I thought it was a little early for lunch, but just went along assuming it was a tradition that ... Read more >

Tags: family, food, friends, students

Gallery: Parent-teacher conference

CHINA | Sunday, 16 Mar 2008 | Photo Gallery

Lunch with Kevin and his parents
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Pig brains

CHINA | Wednesday, 12 Mar 2008 | Views [1712] | Comments [1]

While this title could be a reference to anything...it is in fact a reference to the cerebral matter of the animal that is the patron of my Chinese zodiac year. In my rush to recount my Spring Festival travels, I forgot to mention it. I forgot to ... Read more >

Tags: food

Twin Peaks

CHINA | Tuesday, 11 Mar 2008 | Views [1116]

Ok. So when I was young, I used to watch this show at night that I didn't really understand. Mostly, I liked the shots of this cafe with neon lights. It kind of creeped me out, but I remember feeling like an adult when I watched it. I've tried ... Read more >

Tags: Relaxation

One thing

CHINA | Monday, 10 Mar 2008 | Views [616]

Alright.  One thing I sort of hate is when people I don't know or just met say, "You should see/do/eat/read/think that.  You'd like it." It bothers me.  Mostly because these people rarely know me well enough to judge whether or not I'd like ... Read more >

Tags: Travel Tips

BR v. BJ

CHINA | Sunday, 9 Mar 2008 | Views [550] | Comments [1]

I moved to Baton Rouge, La. to attend college when I was 18 years old.  I knew people who were attending this university as well, but I opted out of old friendships and forged new ones.  I sort of kept in touch with people I had known, but in general, ... Read more >

Tags: Friends

A comparison

CHINA | Friday, 7 Mar 2008 | Views [452]

Here we go.  The official, written comparison of Chinese people versus American people.   Chinese people are infuriatingly simple.  The most maddening example of their lack of complexity is riding public transportation.  Any visitor to China is amazed ... Read more >

Tags: Adventures

Welcome to the neighborhood

CHINA | Tuesday, 4 Mar 2008 | Views [472]

Ilan has officially moved in in Beijing.  And he lives closer to me than any of my other friends.  I feel it safe to say that I have a neighbor.  He's only an hour away.  That's right.  An hour.  He lives on my side of town (the Chaoyang District).  ... Read more >

Tags: Friends


CHINA | Monday, 3 Mar 2008 | Views [522]

I've been accused of being an over-planner.  I kept a planner from high school throughout university.  I wrote EVERYTHING in it.  It was almost like a journal.  I kept all of my planners and am able to look by and see exactly when I went somewhere or ... Read more >

Tags: Work


CHINA | Sunday, 24 Feb 2008 | Views [541] | Comments [1]

Not my favorite number.  But significant right now.   I've been in China seven months now.  I've collected about 70 DVDs.  I've read about 7,000 books (in English).  And my Chinese cell number has three 7's in it. Time is flying.  And, yes, I'm still ... Read more >

Tags: Relaxation

Gallery: Beijing

CHINA | Sunday, 24 Feb 2008 | Photo Gallery

Life in the City
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Chinese names, Native American names, Hippy names

CHINA | Saturday, 23 Feb 2008 | Views [3599] | Comments [1]

When I'm prompted to give a Chinese person an English name, they always want to know what it means. What it means, you may ask? Yep, what it means. Do English names have meaning? Rarely. In my case, the name Lea doesn't necessarily mean anything.... Read more >

Tags: Culture

Gallery: Spring Festival

CHINA | Friday, 22 Feb 2008 | Photo Gallery

Harbin, Chengdu, Kunming, Lijiang, Dali, Guilin
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A very anti-conservationist article

CHINA | Monday, 18 Feb 2008 | Views [1441] | Comments [1]

A question: what is the point of saving animals that are going extinct?  I know this sounds very chauvinist and not very avant-garde, but seriously...think about it.  We visited two areas of breeding captivity on our trip -- the Siberian Tigers in Harbin ... Read more >

Tags: On the Road

About an hour left...

CHINA | Sunday, 17 Feb 2008 | Views [477]

of my eight and a half hour long train ride from Dali to Kunming, watching terraced gardens and mud walled houses, feeling completely content with my decision to stay up all night in order to sleep the whole train ride, I started to hallucinate. ... Read more >

Tags: On the Road

Yunnan Province

CHINA | Saturday, 16 Feb 2008 | Views [624]

After I visited Yunnan Province, I realized it is most foreigners favorite place to visit in China.   This information came from an informal poll that I inadvertantly conducted. Basically, when asked where I went on the Spring Festival vacation, my ... Read more >

Tags: On the Road

Mario is not hot-headed

CHINA | Thursday, 14 Feb 2008 | Views [413] | Comments [1]

Mario is opinionated. Mario is smart. Mario gets a kick out of arguing. But he is not hot-headed. After traveling with him for about a month and learning a lot about him in the last five that we've been living together in Beijing, I realized these ... Read more >

Tags: On the Road

Fighting the landlord

CHINA | Saturday, 9 Feb 2008 | Views [922]

One of the nights we spent with You, we were debating about watching a movie or doing something with the potential of being equally unfulfilling when we discovered we had cards. There is a phenomenon in China of playing cards in the streets and leaving ... Read more >

Tags: On the Road

Spicey food and pandas

CHINA | Thursday, 7 Feb 2008 | Views [592] | Comments [1]

A little more planning went into the visit to Chengdu. We were aware of the relatively large size of this city. Mario sniffed out the best couch surfer to stay with for the new year. All I wanted for the Chinese New Year was to be in China. My ... Read more >

Tags: On the Road

Welcome to Heilongjiang -- the cool province and a ski paradise

CHINA | Saturday, 2 Feb 2008 | Views [823]

My trip around the China paradises began in the Russian winter. Harbin, renowned for its Ice Festival and ridiculous climate, is closer to Russia than Beijing. Closer to Russia than almost any other place in China. Basically close to the freezing ... Read more >

Tags: On the Road

Chairman Mao

CHINA | Thursday, 31 Jan 2008 | Views [932] | Comments [2]

My sister has called him the "pickled historical figure". Some people worship him. Others liken him to Hitler and Stalin. And still others wait in line to see his corpse. In the middle of Tian'anmen Square there is a shrine to Mao Zedong.... Read more >

Tags: Culture

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