Preparing for Pakistan

Seven months into being back in the US and two months before we leave for Pakistan, there is a hum of activity as the return to life overseas ramps up. It is a testament to how many visa applications I've filled out that when it comes time to fill out the applications for Pakistan, I already... 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 →

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 →

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 →

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