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7 Weird Things about China that No Longer Freak Me Out

January 3, 2014

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 ›

Playing Tourist at Home

Sometimes it is easy to forget we have a city as our playground right outside of the door.  We go from work to gym to supermarket to home and then do it all again the next day.  It takes some energy – and a visitor who comes to visit you from America – to make… Read More ›

My Chinese Christening

夏笛: Xià dí: Summer flute I have had eight or so Chinese teachers in the time I have been studying this insane language.  Each time I begin a class with a new teacher, the first day consists of everyone going around the circle sharing their English name and then their Chinese name.  And each time, I… Read More ›

Apocalypse Now

Usually when people hear that something is OFF THE CHARTS, it means it is so epic and amazing that it beat any ranking system.  Well, this past weekend, when I heard this from a friend, I nearly wanted to gag.  The pollution levels in Shanghai were so atrociously high that they were unable to be… Read More ›

Ding Dong Merrily on High

Christmas.  It’s a time for eggnog, Mariah Carey renditions of holiday songs, and most importantly, the beloved Christmas tree.  Christmas is not really a thing here because well, it’s China.  But I thought I simply must persevere and Christmas would be a thing in my apartment, even if the rest of the nation was not… Read More ›

The Singing and Dancing Hairstylists

Outside of my apartment, there is a massive chain hair salon.  They are quite efficient, very official, and extremely precise with each and every haircut.  It is definitely much more than my 20 kuai spot around the corner.  I would go there, but they frighten me a little bit. Each morning, they have music that… Read More ›

Gobble Gobble

“Gananjie kuaile!” I said enthusiastically as she handed me the roasted pumpkin seeds and pumpkin soup. “Happy Thanksgiving!” “SHENME?!” She looked at me confused as she shouted out a nice, loud WHAT in my ear while scrunching up her face in confusion. I began to explain in Chinese: “It’s an American holiday today.  We eat… Read More ›

Pip pip – a trip to Thames Town!

Think this is a picture from England?  Think again. This past Friday on a jaunt out of town to go and check off one more item on the bucket list, we ended up venturing out to Thames Town.  This fake village, which has ended up being somewhat of a flop since it is super far… Read More ›

Muggles rejoice! Butterbeer is now being served at Starbucks

This is brilliant. Now I just need to learn how to say “creme frappuccino”, “three pumps”, “caramel syrup”, “toffee nut syrup”, and “caramel drizzle” in Mandarin. That shouldn’t be too complicated. Accio Chinese person’s brain to teach me these words!

A jacket for you, a jacket for me

For those of you who personally know me, you can all vouch that I put immense amounts of time into my wardrobe and appearance on a day to day basis.  The delicate selection of lacy tops paired with fitted pants is a fine art and one that I take quite seriously.  And for those of… Read More ›