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Chef Boyardee, Meet Chef Charlotte

I can’t cook to save my life.  The thought of doing anything that doesn’t involve sticking a Hot Pocket into the microwave and waiting for 120 seconds for the delicious cheese to be zapped to perfection is a terrifying, sweat-inducing idea. And when cheap, tasty food can be prepped in about five minutes with only… 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 ›

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 ›

RT: Life After China

The World of Chinese wrote this great post recently about reverse culture shock.  As I am about to head off for a month of exploring the great historical sites (and the pizza shops) of Italy, I can’t help but wonder whether I will feel the same way as I leave Shanghai and arrive in a… 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 ›

Le Buddhism in Leshan

Sitting on a river two hours south of Chengdu is the world’s biggest Buddha sculpture.  Leshan is a well-known destination in Sichuan province, so naturally I had to go while I was on my impromptu trip to the Panda Capital. This thing is literally a monster.  As I approached it, I exclaimed, “GOOD GOD!” and… Read More ›


I just bought tickets to Chengdu on a whim.  Because why not.  But now I am sitting here and I have to decide about the next big purchase.  One of the big reasons to go to Chengdu is for the pandas.  They have a little panda kindergarten where all the baby pandas…go to school??  And… 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 ›

Leaf peeping in Xinchang

Xinchang. Where? What’s that? My friend sent me a link a few weeks back.  “Let’s go here!” the email read.  It was just over 100 dollars to make the trip.  It left on a Saturday morning and came back on a Sunday evening.  Accommodation, tour guide, food, buses – it was all paid for.  We… Read More ›