Between jetlag and starting work again, it’s been a very strange time in life. But today I received my final initiation to being a teacher in China: a student brought his mother to my office and asked me to change his grade. I had just finished checking my data entry for the scores of the… Continue reading Initiation complete
I’ve posted some silly photos of Transformers lately because the Chinese are obsessed with the movies and there is a life-size robot outside my new favorite salad joint. But, in reality, I’ve been thinking of myself as a transformer. We hit the road early tomorrow morning for our two weeks stateside. Last time I was… Continue reading Priority: fitness
On the way home from the gym, usually I’m considering the next way I want to conquer the world because I feel amazing after working out.
I pack up my gym bag and stand, hesitant. I could easily walk out of the locker room and be on my way. Or I could do the thing I’ve been thinking about for a solid five minutes and talk to her. I take a tentative step towards her and a small voice I don’t recognize as my own begins to pour from my mouth: “ 你时yoga老师马？” (ni shi yoga laoshi ma? / you are a yoga teacher?)
I’ve lived here almost a year now. It’s hard to believe, but at this time last year I still didn’t have a visa! As we prepare for another (shorter) visit home, I’m taking stock of how far I’ve come. Some things still catch me off guard here in China, like… Misused or missing HVAC systems –… Continue reading Adapted and unadapted
As I mentioned in previous posts, my Grandma (mom’s mom) was sick. Last Monday, on her 74th birthday, she died. I found out via text, as I find out many things these days, things that no one wants to share through text messages… But it’s the fastest and understandably the most convenient way to quickly… Continue reading Grieving abroad
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