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On losing things

One day, in a strange city, my husband took out his wallet in a telephone booth to find a number he had scrawled on a bit of paper and stuck … Continue reading

August 2, 2013 · Leave a comment

Carpe diem … with a disclaimer

Seize the day. Live in the moment. Live each day as if it’s your last. This is the kind of advice you see all over the internet, and especially among … Continue reading

August 1, 2013 · 2 Comments

Eating horsemeat

It’s like eating a family member, a form of cannibalism.

February 19, 2013 · 2 Comments


As we left Yangshuo (fantastical landforms, bamboo rafts on rivers, lovely ecolodge, Chinese cooking class) on our way to Guilin to catch the night train for Guangzhou so we could … Continue reading

August 29, 2010 · 1 Comment

Chinese Business Opportunities

Here are three hot business opportunities for anyone entrepreneurial enough to take them. I’m not taking them because I’m an idea person, not an entrepreneur. Beds: More and more Western tourists … Continue reading

August 20, 2010 · 1 Comment

Random Notes

 For those of you who might be wondering how we’re doing, I’ll describe a few things that we’ve done or that have happened to us. Accommodations: We pre-booked all of … Continue reading

August 15, 2010 · 1 Comment

Chinese Tourists

Everywhere we’ve gone so far, there have been very few foreign tourists like us. Most of the tourists — and in some places all of the tourists — are Chinese. … Continue reading

August 12, 2010 · Leave a comment

Cleanliness and Filth

I’m puzzled by Chinese attitudes toward cleanliness. The cities we’ve seen so far: Beijing, Chengde, Datong, Pingyao and where we are now, Hancheng, are dirty, loud, crowded places. People spit … Continue reading

August 9, 2010 · 3 Comments

The Hanging Monastery

  The Hanging Monastery I thought you might be interested in something we visited yesterday: the hanging monastery outside of Datong. It is breathtakingly beautiful, yet also, in a way, … Continue reading

August 6, 2010 · 1 Comment

Intercultural Understanding and Chinese Beds

When I started teaching a class in intercultural communication this past year at the teacher training college, I didn’t actually know anything about it. Or rather, I didn’t know any … Continue reading

August 6, 2010 · 1 Comment