I.e., fainting. It’s not my favorite pastime. But, alas, sometimes it happens. And it happened today. Backtrack: I’ve been sick for about a week now. It’s been slow going with recovery of any type. I left the Christmas celebration early yesterday in favor of resting at home. Today? I woke up dizzy with aching ears.… Continue reading Sudden involuntary unconsciousness
When I heard the tune of “Angels We Have Heard on High,” I got really excited. But when they got to the verses, it was all in Chinese. I was completely flabbergasted…
I had been teaching on borrowed time. Since I arrived in China in September, I had only gotten sick once and it was over relatively quickly, thanks in no small part to the small pharmacy of familiar medications that I packed for us. Wearing a mask on any AQI days above 150 seemed to alleviate my… Continue reading Forced downtime
One of my students invited me to the university’s “New Year Concert.” My student said he would be playing the cello, so I became curious about what kind of music would be played.
You’ve been invited to an important meeting mere hours before it starts. Welcome to China!
Chinese don’t wait in lines & this behavior is infuriating at first, but then you do it too.
Perhaps China was modernized so rapidly that there wasn’t time to make infrastructure improvements. Perhaps there wasn’t time or reason to think about water as anything beyond what you can SEE in the water. Perhaps there was no reason to think about the convenience of “running water” as anything other than a commodity found in all modern countries. I don’t know, but what matters is that it is still a problem for people who can’t afford another option.