The seasons have changed from spring to summer in Suzhou (rather quickly, I might add), and another shift in seasons means another learning curve this new expat and her skin. My first seasonal transition as an expat was from late summer to autumn–in late September–and it was pretty pleasant. The temperature dropped slowly. I enjoyed… Continue reading Victim skin
I survived the empty classroom. I didn’t cry like I thought I might, which is a big step up from earlier this semester.
The repercussions of human activity are what will threaten to harm or kill all of us, if we’re not careful, poisoning us alongside a generous landscape that can’t take anymore mining or drilling or particulate matter without reacting in a way that harms us in return because we’re already dealing with so many changes (climate or otherwise) that are undeniably the result of human carelessness and progress for the sake of profit.
On Friday, on our way to sign the lease to our new apartment, my passport fell out of my wallet. When I noticed it was gone, I frantically searched all my pockets and looked in my wallet again, only to find nothing and begin the whole process over again. Fear and automation took over. I muttered “no… Continue reading Passport’s day out
I may have cilia in my nose and a variety of mucus membranes in my body designed to keep intruders out of my lungs, but they are no match for particulate matter.
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
The anticipation of our trip home is palpable. Right now few people are on campus and I haven’t got much to do work-wise with so many people already gone for Chinese New Year. The whole situation has me wishing we could’ve come home earlier or stayed longer. Honestly, I’ve felt homesick only in the past few days, and it’s probably because… Continue reading Anticipating home