Discovering Delightful Lotus Hill

Oh how I love Chinese New Year, a festival that has blown out the cobwebs in Guangzhou, brought sweet rain and fresh air, and given the grimiest street corner to most sparkling skyscraper a new clarity and shine. Chinese New Year festivities last 15 days, beginning on the first day of the new moon and... Continue Reading →

Memories of Hanoi

As I reflect on my experience celebrating Chinese New Year in Guangzhou this past week, I've been contemplating the many times I've felt nervous and overwhelmed by crowded places and local customs only to find joy outside of my comfort zone. I carry my past experiences with me as I continue to delve into the... Continue Reading →

Patience is a Persistent Hiss

Learning Mandarin has been one of the most fulfilling aspects of my time in Guangzhou. I've spent some time reflecting recently on the ways in which language learning has opened up my world here, helped me make friends, and allowed me to get to know Guangzhou better. With that in mind, here's a look into... Continue Reading →

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