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Trip: Year in China

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

Pop, bang, boom

CHINA | Wednesday, 30 Jan 2008 | Views [557] | Comments [2]

I don't think there is any way to express the way in which Chinese people appreciate fireworks. Rarely a night goes by during which I cannot hear the wonderful pop, BANG, B-O-O-M!!! of the gunpower covered in colorful...stuff outside my window. ... Read more >

Tags: Culture

Locked and loaded?

CHINA | Wednesday, 30 Jan 2008 | Views [619]

I've been preparing, in a very leisurely fashion, for my trip all week long. I packed a long time ago. I've since repacked, adjusted, and packed again. I have my eight shirts and five pairs of pants picked out for Harbin. I have my warm, but less ... Read more >

Tags: Packing & gadgets


CHINA | Monday, 28 Jan 2008 | Views [835] | Comments [2]

The first article I ever wrote for publication was about vitamins. It appeared in a special section of The Daily Reveille when I was a junior in college. The gist of the article was that most vitamins are worthless because of their composition. ... Read more >

Tags: Misadventures

Outside a huge department store...

CHINA | Sunday, 27 Jan 2008 | Views [625]

...I had another conversation about the failings of Communism. I sat in the freezing cold weather anticipating Mario and Ilan's arrival and reading Wild Swans (a book that has been banned in China because it tells the story of a grandmother, mother, ... Read more >

Tags: Friends

Has anyone heard of Confucius?

CHINA | Friday, 25 Jan 2008 | Views [584]

No seriously. Confucius? Anyone? He was pretty bad ass. I mean, we've all heard of him. We all know he was pretty cool. But I don't really think many people look past that. But he was amazing! I vistied the Confucius Temple in Beijing recently.... Read more >

Tags: Sightseeing

Gallery: Snow, Kari, Lauren, Confucius

CHINA | Friday, 25 Jan 2008 | Photo Gallery

More adventures in BJ
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Evaluation of Frank Sun and F & S Education

CHINA | Thursday, 24 Jan 2008 | Views [3772] | Comments [7]

To whom it may concern: I would like to express formally my feelings toward F & S Education, the China Internship Program, and Frank Sun. Firstly, I want to state that my overall experience in China has been wonderful ... Read more >

Tags: Work

Driver's Ed: Beijing Style

CHINA | Thursday, 24 Jan 2008 | Views [646]

We have this stereotype...in America...about Asian drivers.  It's that they're BAD at it.  I don't know if stereotypes are ever justified.  But this one, it seems, has been bred into them from their roots in the Motherland. Quite of few of my students ... Read more >

Tags: Culture

Gallery: Datong

CHINA | Wednesday, 23 Jan 2008 | Photo Gallery

about 500,000 people. all of whom were enthralled by us. famous? you bet!
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Beer and skittles

CHINA | Monday, 21 Jan 2008 | Views [687]

Six hours out of Beijing, more enveloped by pollution, varying abilities of English (the sign outside a local bar had a huge sign screaming "BEER AND SKITTLES"; we laughed uncontrollably), and a whole new cultural experience. I've been ... Read more >

Tags: On the Road

Tis the season...

CHINA | Wednesday, 16 Jan 2008 | Views [737] | Comments [3]

for breaking up. I ran into Kevin in the subway today. I'll unabashedly admit that he is my favorite student. I started excitedly chatting, "Hi! How are you?" He mumbled and bumbled his way through a conversation. Weirdly answering ... Read more >

Tags: Friends

DVDs, coffee, passports and nail clippings

CHINA | Tuesday, 15 Jan 2008 | Views [558]

Life in China is evolving into something like Christmas break. I spend all my time watching movies (I've bought 70 DVDs; I counted), drinking coffee, worrying about when I will get my passport back and cleaning the Beijing funk from beneath my nails.... Read more >

Tags: Relaxation

Yarn and needles

CHINA | Friday, 11 Jan 2008 | Views [678]

Yet another Christmas passed with all my gifts being scarves that I crocheted myself. I decided to make four scarves for four special friends. The scarves are all identical (same stitch, same length, same fringe) except for the colors. With the ... Read more >

Tags: Shopping

Remanded and redacted

CHINA | Thursday, 10 Jan 2008 | Views [1517] | Comments [2]

Yesterday I was all grim because I didn't get a report card this semester. Today, my cheeks are sore from smiling about my role as a teacher. This, as it turns out, must be what it's all about. An email from a student whose English name is Wundt:... Read more >

Tags: Work

Gallery: The Visit :)

CHINA | Wednesday, 9 Jan 2008 | Photo Gallery

When Lauren and Big Gretch came
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ok ok ok

CHINA | Wednesday, 9 Jan 2008 | Views [1530]

Ok. I know I've been a slacker as far as this bit of literary enjoyment is concerned. But if you'll indulge, I'll explain. Lauren and Big Gretch visited and that time was consumed with classes, rearranging classes, and many many touristy things.... Read more >

Tags: Family

San Witkowski

CHINA | Wednesday, 26 Dec 2007 | Views [1435] | Comments [1]

In less than a 24-hours, there will be three (3, tres, san, THREE) Witkowskis wandering around the Asian continent.   Looking past the gigantic need to wash dishes, finish buying/wrappying gifts, and wash clothes, I could not be more excited about the ... Read more >

Tags: Adventures

Another day completed

CHINA | Tuesday, 18 Dec 2007 | Views [684] | Comments [1]

There was another young Chinese girl crying today, and this one was my fault. I gave back the presentation grades.  She's an excellent student, but she didn't do that well on the presentation.  She screwed up the group work portion and lost lots of ... Read more >

Tags: Work

Snow daze

CHINA | Wednesday, 12 Dec 2007 | Views [505]

I woke up Monday morning to snow. I was late to class, sore from climbing a mountain, and slipping all over the place in ice and snow. I wasn't even wearing a scarf because I was so late... My hair was wet with snowflakes by the time I made it to ... Read more >

Tags: Snow

I've never been this high in my life!

CHINA | Monday, 10 Dec 2007 | Views [614]

No, I haven't acquired an addition to opium -- although, every street vendor in China has opium pipes. This past weekend I climbed to the highest point I have ever encountered outside of an airplane! Case, Mario, and I decided that an escape from ... Read more >

Tags: The Great Outdoors

Gallery: Taishan

CHINA | Friday, 7 Dec 2007 | Photo Gallery

Climbing Taishan
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Thirsty for freedom

CHINA | Thursday, 6 Dec 2007 | Views [688] | Comments [2]

When I signed up to work in China, I had a singular mission: to see China. I prettied this up for my interview by saying as a journalist, it is important to understand different groups of people in order to report more accurately and fairly. But, ... Read more >

Tags: Culture

Beauty school

CHINA | Saturday, 1 Dec 2007 | Views [929]

Living in China, for me, is like going to a really ethnically singlular hair cutting school. For years, I've been cutting my own hair. It started after spending countless Saturday afternoons getting washed, cut, and styled...only to return home, ... Read more >

Tags: Relaxation

They weren't lying...

CHINA | Friday, 30 Nov 2007 | Views [507] | Comments [1]

...when they said you'd eventually use the math classes they force you to take.   Years of complaining about my potential as a starving artist being wasted away on pointless math classes has finally been proven wrong.  I just used every single bit of ... Read more >

Tags: Work

Giving thanks

CHINA | Tuesday, 27 Nov 2007 | Views [740] | Comments [2]

While it was nearly a week ago, I'm still dwelling on my Thanksgiving festivities. A summary: Case, Mario, and I, realizing that we're the only family we've got in this city, decided that having a proper Thanksgiving celebration was a definite must.... Read more >

Tags: Party time

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