One year in China. Let's do this!

Month: January 2014

Madrid’s Holy Cookies

“Quieres algo mas?”  The small voice whispered to me, from behind the lazy Susan dispenser of the holy cookies.  “No, gracias, todo bien!  Muchisimas gracias.  Gracias por todo.  Gracias.  Hasta luego.  Gracias.”  My profusely polite farewell was an attempt to overcompensate for the fact that my greeting to the nun cookie seller had been, “Que… Read More ›

Are You Hungry Yet?

Feast your eyes on the glory that is a day of food “window shopping” in Madrid.  Don’t worry – you won’t gain too much weight from just looking at the pictures.

Commercialized Christianity in Rome

I was standing in front of a tourist map of Rome, desperately trying to figure out where I was and how I wanted to go to my next stop.  I needed to find the “Santa Maria something something.”  The churches were all marked on the map.  Bingo, I thought.  This will be easy.  That was… Read More ›

Mental Inadequacy Highlighted in Oxford

I try to not be a complete idiot. I made it through college – a pure miracle considering the special scored I received on some of my Chinese language exams – and walked across the stage at Radio City Music Hall to receive my diploma from NYU in May. However, as I walked through the… Read More ›

A “Will and Kate” Day in London

My journey through London began at the Astor Hyde Park Hostel.  Located on Queen’s Gate (and really, this should be called “It’s Gonna Be Kate’s Gate”) across the street from one of the main entrances to Hyde Park, this hostel was a perfect location and great starting point for our journey through royal history. During… Read More ›

A light stroll in Keswick

My mother announced that I was nuts, off my rocker, bonkers, totally insane, when I decided to spend a week in England in January.  “It will be cold and miserable.  You will be soaked through the second you step outside.  It will rain non-stop.” Needless to say, I was naturally thrilled as a result, when… Read More ›

Thanks Lichfield, for Jack and Rose

At the end of the semester, I was discussing with several of the Chinese students how they chose their English names.  A student turned to me, and said, “I chose my name because I love the movie Titanic.  I hoped that by choosing my name, it would help me find my Rose.”  He shyly turned… Read More ›

Money, Money, Money in Dubai

Dubai – WHAT a cool city this place is.  It is immaculate, everyone is friendly, and the sites are stunning.  They have “the world’s biggest” of almost everything – hotels, restaurants, water light shows, malls, buildings.  You name it, they’ve got it. And because a picture speaks a thousand words, here is Dubai in eight-thousand… Read More ›

RT: 20 Things That Change After Living In China

From the girl who produced the controversial, yet wildly popular on social media, article about 23 Things To Do at 23 Instead of Getting Engaged comes another list.  This one has a bit more relevance to this blog, so I decided to share it. And as I am about to head out of China for… Read More ›

7 Weird Things about China that No Longer Freak Me Out

Culture shock. It’s a thing that everyone has to deal with when they move to a new place.  For a few months, everything seems odd and peculiar and hilarious and out of this world.  Nothing is the same as home, and you end up throwing your hands up in the air in frustration and confusion… Read More ›