One year in China. Let's do this!

Month: October 2013

Charlotte’s Web Grows

So.  I’m going to just throw this one out there and let it sit for a bit.  I’ve been really loving Shanghai and am thinking I might want to stay here for more than one year. Boom.  I said it.  What.  Crazy.  I know. So what does that mean?  It means I need to have… Read More ›

I promise it’s not over

My dearest blogy blog, I know I’ve been terrible at communicating recently.  And you heard me listening to that Taylor Swift song about never ever ever ever getting back together.  But it wasn’t directed at you, my dear little blog.  I promise we aren’t done.  I just needed a break.  Some time to breathe.  It’s… Read More ›

To fly or not to fly…

That is the question. Manila or Tokyo? Manila or Tokyo? Manila…or Tokyo? I am cheap.  I hate spending money on things that don’t seem to warrant money being spent on them.  Yet, I have found some “cheap” flights by China/Asia standards to Manila and Tokyo for November.  I would have to use a vacation day,… Read More ›

Quotes from the dragon boat

Conversation between three people on the dragon boat during a rest: Korean woman: “I now know another Chinese word!” British guy: “Oh do tell!” Korean woman: “Man. It means slow.” Me: “Well, that’s fitting, isn’t it…”

Flip, The Turtle

“Why did you buy this turtle?  You can’t even eat it?!”  – Chinese woman on the street back to the subway after purchasing Flip. Everyone, meet Flip.  Flip, meet everyone.  Not pictured: Lil’ Wugui, who, in case you were wondering, is also a non-edible creature.  We went on a day trip to Nanxiang, a small… Read More ›

Defining Home

This year is a trial run for life post-grad.  I love living in Shanghai, but also think about the possibilities for after this year and this fellowship.  So each time I travel to a new place in Asia, I think of it as not only a vacation spot but also a potential future home.  What… Read More ›

From Rank to Rugged

I have not bathed properly in several days.  I jump in and out of the shower quickly because it’s a hostel shower.  I then spend the day sweating. My skin feels gross.  Thank GOD no one knows me.  I feel the need to apologize to people sitting next to me on a bus for more… Read More ›


Hong Kong is wild and crazy and busy and metropolitan.  Until you go around the corner and then it’s not.  This city has taken me by surprise even after just being here for two hours.  I got to the hostel, dropped my bags, laced up my bright pink sneaks, and headed out the door.  After… Read More ›

An X-Factor Moment

EDITOR’S NOTE: Each day during the trip, I would put pen to paper and write down a blog post.  I knew I wouldn’t remember all the small details when I was sitting in my room back in Shanghai, thinking about the past few days, so I would grab the back of a paper, napkin, or… Read More ›