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Too tired to boil

CHINA | Monday, 22 Oct 2007 | Views [589]

I worked all day, but it was easy.  My students are giving their presentations, and they're really getting into it.  So I basically sat in the back of class and listened all day.  No biggie.   I met Chris after work because he's found me a tutor.  I'm ... Read more >

Tags: Relaxation

Couch Surfing

CHINA | Sunday, 21 Oct 2007 | Views [2326] | Comments [1]

I'm a member of a web site. It's a social networking web site similar to facebook. But it has a purpose. www.couchsurfing.com is a traveler's haven. It's an opportunity to meet the world, travel to it, and stay for free. The idea is simple. ... Read more >

Tags: Friends

I'm approved!

CHINA | Thursday, 18 Oct 2007 | Views [1395]

I just got my first grin and nod of approval from someone who thought I could read Chinese.  I still can't, but that doesn't matter. As I was counting the stops to my apartment (16 if you were wondering), a Chinese man glanced up and noticed that I ... Read more >

Tags: On the Road

Why I'm nervous

CHINA | Tuesday, 16 Oct 2007 | Views [559]

For the past few weeks, I haven't gotten nervous before class a single time. I've read over the section of the book we were working in and gathered my materials, preparing slightly for what was to come. Most of my classes went very smoothly considering ... Read more >

Tags: Work

The Look

CHINA | Monday, 15 Oct 2007 | Views [618]

Besides for bargaining, my mom taught me something else that has come in useful in China. Travis refers to it as The Look. I'm not sure that's an original name. I think The Look has been handed down from powerful females to the next generation of ... Read more >

Tags: Work

One fine day

CHINA | Sunday, 14 Oct 2007 | Views [1257]

And so it goes. I decided to have a me day. One that involved sleeping exceptionally late, watching lots of TV and DVDs, and eating whatever I wanted. So I did. And it was fabulous. I didn't venture out of my apartment (or my pajamas) until ... Read more >

Tags: Relaxation

One bad day

CHINA | Saturday, 13 Oct 2007 | Views [655] | Comments [2]

Today was pretty shitty. It started out ok. I got up and ate some eggs. I read a little (Siddhartha, which makes me want to learn German so I can read the original). Then I decided to venture into the cold. It's COLD here. I waited for ... Read more >

Tags: People


CHINA | Friday, 12 Oct 2007 | Views [1245]

Chinese girls have asymetrical hair.  This is not a broad statement of stereotype.  This is a truth.  It's so ubiquitous that I try to find differences in the hairstyles while I'm riding the bus.  So far, differences have not been found, but I've decided ... Read more >

Tags: Party time

Cooking experiments

CHINA | Wednesday, 10 Oct 2007 | Views [1173] | Comments [1]

I just tried to cook Mexican food with Chinese ingredients. Results: no bueno. I don't think it's the fault of the ingredients. I made pico de gallo, and they are exactly the same -- cilantro, tomatoes, onions, salt, pepper, white vinegar. I ... Read more >

Tags: Food & eating

Gallery: China

CHINA | Saturday, 6 Oct 2007 | Photo Gallery

things that happen
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A Lesson in Chinese

CHINA | Monday, 24 Sep 2007 | Views [575]

So far my Chinese lessons have been trying to communicate with street vendors, ticket takers, and random people who I ask for directions. I know the numbers, directions (north, south, east, west), how to ask how much something is, thank you, hello, ... Read more >

Tags: Work

Insults, accusations, realizations

CHINA | Sunday, 23 Sep 2007 | Views [558]

When I was younger, I was essentially a B and T girl. Bridge and tunnel. That term that true New Yorkers use to refer to anyone who commutes to The City via the bridge and tunnel system instead actually of living in Heaven or, ... Read more >

Tags: Philosophy of travel


CHINA | Monday, 10 Sep 2007 | Views [553] | Comments [3]

I'm a terrible bargainer. I know it's hard to believe. I'm so forceful and assertive (bordering on aggressive) in life. Why shouldn't I be the same with money? But I'm not. It's even more surprising if you know my mom. She's the most amazing ... Read more >

Tags: Markets

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