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.
I know how to cross the street without the walk signal and where to get good noodles for a hot lunch.
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
Let’s recap. The time it took me to actually activate the bank account, once I had my passport back, was just over 30 minutes.
Please observe a moment of silence for my sanity.
We know this list will grow in time, especially as we grow weary of our new surroundings (as all expats do at some point or another), but here is the first installment of things we miss. (See previous entry on things we don’t miss.) The Internet – sigh. This one we’re learning to live with.… Continue reading Things we do miss
Here is the beginning of a list that will surely grow as time goes on. Later I’ll be posting a list of things we DO miss. Ridiculous obsessions with holiday seasons that are arbitrary and not necessarily culturally relevant, interesting, or meaningful (see: Halloween) – There are some Halloween items on shelves in stores here, but… Continue reading Things we don’t miss
Today we finally let ourselves shop at the European grocery stores in Suzhou, which are notably more expensive but have products we recognize (and really miss!).