30 Jun 2012

Panda-monium in Chengdu (Sorry, I couldn’t resist.)

The only thing I knew I wanted to do in Chengdu before I flew there last Saturday was to go see the pandas.

Frankly, I didn’t really know if there was anything to do in Chengdu besides see pandas. You see, I hadn’t really bothered to do any research on the city. I’ve always […]

22 Jun 2012

Breaking Up Is Hard to Do: My Dear John Letter to China

Dear China,

Well, it’s been a while, hasn’t it?

Remember the first time I wrote you?

It was after we had just met.

You were the bad boy everyone told me I wouldn’t like – with your disregard for traffic laws and penchant for spitting in the street.

I had just gotten out of […]

20 Jun 2012

An Open Letter To The Guy Who Was Taking Pictures of Me At the Park

Hey, there.

Remember me?

We met in the park this morning. I was the big white girl in spandex running pants. You were the middle-aged Chinese dude with the camera.

I was stretching.

You were taking photos of the water lilies.

And then at some point you stopped taking pictures of the water lilies […]

17 Jun 2012

The Oriental Pearl Tower: More Fun Than a Barrel Full of Babies (The title will make sense to you later. I think.)

Shanghai’s Oriental Pearl Tower

8 Jun 2012

Stuff I Really Kind of Like About My Life in China: High-Speed Trains

I am not a whirlwind traveler by any means. In fact, I like to say I travel at the speed of continental drift.

In the year that I took off from work to travel through Southeast Asia, I managed to hit a whopping total of five countries. And one of those countries was Singapore. […]