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 is pretty hard to miss.

At 468 meters high, it towers over Shanghai’s city skyline. When it was completed in 1994, it was the highest structure in mainland China. Today, it’s the fifth tallest tower in the world.

It also happens to look exactly like what I thought all the […]

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. […]