Enjoying a slower pace

We are in the heart of transfer season in ex-pat world when large numbers of foreigners leave Guangzhou for new pursuits back home or elsewhere. While so many of our friends and colleagues are busy packing up or moving in, it's been a quiet time for us. Since I don't have a whole lot to... Continue Reading →

Mmmmm Spicy Snails!

It has been a lovely, lazy Sunday here in hot and humid Guangzhou. The stormy, sauna-like weather has led us to spend most of this weekend indoors, with occasional outings for brunch and entertainment. This weekend, we had our first Chinese movie-going experience and saw Wonder Woman at a small theater around the corner from us. We'd... Continue Reading →

Rebalancing

It’s been a few weeks since we got back to China, and I admit I’ve be avoiding sitting down to write about our time in the U.S. for a few reasons. One, I’ve had lot to process and take in; two, writing about it seems like saying it’s over, and I’ve wanted to hold on... Continue Reading →

Finding stillness in the present moment

  I recently found a light and airy coffee shop tucked away in one of the neighborhoods near my apartment building. There are many nice little cafes like this one in my area, but this one distinguishes itself with highspeed internet so has become a regular haunt for me recently. Today is the day before... Continue Reading →

Bonnie the Bonsai isn’t looking so hot

As usual, you find me and China in a state of transition. It's been a while since my last missive, so brace yourselves for a lengthy ramble!Chinese New Year and the holiday season ended with a happy sigh last week with the Lantern Festival- it occurs about 15 days after New Year's day. Colored lanterns appeared outside... Continue Reading →

A short guide to marriage as an ex-pat

Unfortunately, I've been hit with a bad bout of flu. I spent the past couple days in denial about how sick I felt, practically biting poor Amaury's head off when he suggested I looked a little tired. After somehow making it through a holiday party plus choir performance without fainting, I finally collapsed into bed... Continue Reading →

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