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Tag: Renminbi

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 ›

Shanghai Stories

It is amazing what you find out when you just decide to talk to people.  They open up and tell you stories you just never expected to hear.  Two moments of this kind happened in a span of less than 24 hours, and they were so amusing that I simply had to share them with… Read More ›

A Weekend of Self -Care

The hair was up, the t-shirts were being worn “on the reg”, and the gym clothes were nicely tucked away in the back drawer of a closet, untouched.  Yikes.  Time for a Charlotte intervention of the “get your shit together” kind. The first step of the intervention was a haircut.  A friend had recommended a… Read More ›

Bargaining for Will

The art of a bargain is a skill that one can fine tune and develop while in China.  However, just like certain ballerinas who can spin better than all the other lazy ballerinas who just don’t want to get dizzy, or some writers can just think of a magical world where 11-year-olds get sent letters… Read More ›