26 Apr 2012

The Lingshan Wonderland of Buddhism (And, yes, it is just as awesome as it sounds)

In the past fourteen months that I’ve been living in Wuxi, I have to say I’ve really grown to love this city. Kind of in the same way you grow to love your annoying little sister. Or the nerdy kid in your high school that you’ve known since kindergarten.

I’m the first one to […]

19 Apr 2012

Stuff I Really Kind of Like About My Life in China: My VPN

Since moving to China over a year ago, I’ve gotten lots of questions from curious friends, family members and random peoples I meet on the Internet about my life here.

Like, “What’s the food like?”

My answer: Hmm. Let’s see. I can no longer fit into any of my pants. Does that answer your […]

16 Apr 2012

Weeklyish Challengey Thingie: Go to the Dentist

A few weeks ago, the right side of my jaw started to hurt. I didn’t think too much of it at first. I’ve suffered through plenty of weird mystery pains and ailments since moving to China – a twitchy eyeball, a stiff neck, blotchy skin rashes, an abdomen twinge or two.

I usually just […]

12 Apr 2012

Weeklyish Challengey Thingie: Don’t Die

I’m sick, guys.

I don’t mean to be dramatic or anything, but I think China is finally going to kill me this time.

(Okay, so maybe I do mean to be just the teensiest bit dramatic. I mean, have you met me? When am I not trying to be dramatic? Besides, I’m sick. This […]

7 Apr 2012

Qingminging in Qingdao (Or “Honoring My Ancestors with Beer and Cream Puffs, As You Do”)

This past week was Qingming Festival here in China. Often referred to as “Tomb-Sweeping Day,” the festival is a time to honor your ancestors by, well, sweeping their tombs and doing other ancestor-honoring stuff. Like leaving small offerings of food and wine and burning stacks of gold-colored paper meant to symbolize money.

The money […]