Chinese bingo takes place at the bank. To enter, you go to the bank with all your official documents so you can do an international money transfer, then you fill out some papers with your account number and passport number and a few other details. You give them to an international bank teller, who stamps… Continue reading How to lose at Chinese bingo
This past week, I had so many meetings that I had to ask the schedulers to start 15 minutes later to give me time to get from one meeting to the next. (It felt pretty cool to be in high demand!) One set of meetings, however, I wisely scheduled back-to-back in the same building–one on… Continue reading Don’t take the stairs
At the end of June, Andy and I decided we were sick of Chinese food. Even though we have found a few lovely little Chinese restaurants nearby, the same old, same old was dull. We missed food from home… so we started asking ourselves where we could get some real American food—not Chinesified American food… Continue reading Independence Day in Shanghai
I’m no longer tutoring on the side. The demise of the relationship between me and the tutoring center, which shall remain nameless, was drawn out and painful. My contact at the tutoring center, who we’ll call L, originally found me on LinkedIn after I moved to China. I met her in a cafe on campus… Continue reading Cutting my losses
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.