How to thoroughly mess up a convenience of China 

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 

I’ve never depended on the kindness of strangers.

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.

Busy making a life abroad

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