It’s time for another round of Things We Don’t Miss! Round II: stupid exhaust on trucks – there are so many cars here that, if someone had the big diesel exhaust pipes like I used to see in western PA, they would probably make the AQI jump another point all on their own stupid lifted… Continue reading Things We Don’t Miss II
I enjoy limited conveniences now that I live in a country that is not my own. One that is available to me, though, I managed to screw up. The Chinese eBay is called Taobao. This website offers ridiculous deals on various products and I’m convinced most of my students buy every stitch of clothing they… Continue reading How to thoroughly mess up a convenience of China
Mondays are one of the only weeknights Andy and I get to spend together. Even though I teach until 6:00, Monday nights are better than Tuesday, Wednesday, or Thursday nights because Andy doesn’t have class. We typically plan to eat together and catch up a little or relax. Last night, Andy texted me that he… Continue reading Pasta catastrophe
Turns out it’s for a variety of reasons, none of which are really discussed.
It’s true. Even in the U.S., with our claims of friendliness and helpfulness, I’ve never depended on strangers to help me. Once when my tire blew apart on the turnpike, a friend and I turned down several offers for help because we were too afraid people would have ulterior motives. Well, Andy and I got schooled… Continue reading I’ve never depended on the kindness of strangers.
I know how to cross the street without the walk signal and where to get good noodles for a hot lunch.
Wow, things have been busy. Halloween weekend here consisted of grocery shopping, hanging out with some colleagues, and enjoying an entire day staying INSIDE (i.e., not taking the bus, crossing any streets, seeing anything in Chinese, etc.). This work week has been crazy since it kicks off seven straight weeks of teaching before the holiday… Continue reading Busy making a life abroad