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Tag: Shanghai

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 ›

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 ›

PANDAS

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 ›

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 ›

RunHai

Yesterday, I ran a half marathon. (One of the new features of my upgraded blog is that they allow me to link to random articles.  I think it’s hilarious what they allow me to link to, so I have started to upload them here.  Just in case any of you need a definition of what… 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 ›

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 ›

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 ›