I just returned from a long (long) day at the dragon boat races. In late May/early June–the fifth day of the fifth month in the lunar calendar–Chinese all over the world celebrate the Dragon Boat Festival. The origin stories for this festival vary, depending on region, but most have to do with concepts and values of… Continue reading Team Rudderless
Then she took my hand.
I was a little startled, but I let her hold my fingers. She talked to me like I could understand her. (I couldn’t.) I understood a few words here and there, but even my best Chinese listening skills haven’t prepared me for village dialects of Mandarin and pronunciation influenced by toothlessness.
Do you know the Noodle Man? We do, and we love his noodles as much as we love his effort to communicate with us!
We’re moving. Again. Yes, again. But within the same city in China. We’ve given notice on our current apartment and made an agreement with a new landlord. We liked our place. We did. Our neighborhood is close to lots of nice restaurants and shops. It’s centrally located, which makes it easy to get to school… Continue reading Moving while living abroad
I cried in the hallway at work Friday afternoon. I hadn’t meant to. I was walking to get some lunch after teaching two particularly straining classes. I teach from 9-1, pretty much straight through, on Fridays. It’s exhausting. That morning I had made it to work early. I had a cup of coffee and walked to… Continue reading The eight ball is bigger than I thought
Sunday’s race ended up being amazing for me and really painful for Andy. I would’ve written about it sooner, but the internet has been super crappy and I just caught a cold. Sigh. China… Anyway, I was jazzed about the race from the moment I woke up. On the other hand, Andy seemed a bit… Continue reading Everybody runs a marathon
I ride the bus in China for a number of reasons: it’s safer than biking or e-biking, I already hate driving, and taxis are expensive. The bus is incredibly inexpensive. At ¥1-2 ($0.14-30) per ride, to go anywhere I want to go, it’s unbeatable value. I have experience with public transportation in my home country–I tried Pittsburgh’s… Continue reading Stories from the bus 1