DC is the Place for Me!

It’s been about a month since I started living and working in DC, and there isn’t one day that I regret my decision to move here. Let me back up and explain the whirlwind that landed me here for an internship with CET Academic Programs. I had applied for two different positions at CET in … Continue reading

A look back: September

A look back: September

I’ve had this blog for over three years now, but rarely go back and read old posts. Well, now’s the time! I was having a conversation with one of my faithful blog readers (Hi, Aunt Jane!) the other day, when she started talking about one of her favorite posts. She brought up little details about … Continue reading

Coffee Pot Blues

Coffee Pot Blues

In the past four years, I’ve come to love coffee. It all started at UVA. In college, I got some of my best work done at an independent coffee shop down the street from my apartment. The upstairs section of the shop had rickety, mismatched chairs and the floors vibrated a little when a train … Continue reading

USA Lovin’

USA Lovin’

I wrote a post like this in August of 2011, but I thought it’d be good to update it this summer. Here’s the summer 2013 edition of “Things I Love About America.” Fresh air. My hair hasn’t smelled like an ashtray in SO long. Yay for no smoking indoors! (Side note: When we went out … Continue reading

Things I’ll Miss About China: Chinese

Things I’ll Miss About China: Chinese

My love/hate relationship with Chinese continues. It’s nice being back in the US, but at the same time, sometimes it feels too easy. I liked the challenge of always trying to decode signs around me while on the bus, or tackling a menu of jumbled characters and managing to order a meal for 15 people. … Continue reading

I’m back!

I’m back!

I had been packing my bags slowly for about a week, and each time I left the apartment I took a bag of trash or things to give away. Down eight flights, up eight flights, over and over again. I’d written goodbye cards to people, attended (so, so, so) many goodbye dinners, and had drinks/coffee … Continue reading

Things I’ll Miss About China: Tofu

Things I’ll Miss About China: Tofu

I love tofu. I don’t know where or when this love began, but China sure does provide me with lots of reasons to continue to eat this protein-rich superfood. Why does tofu get such a bad rap in the US? Probably because a)people don’t know how to cook it properly and b)there aren’t as many … Continue reading

Dragon Boat Festival, revisited

Dragon Boat Festival, revisited

I wrote a great post two years ago about making zong zi (粽子)for my first Dragon Boat Festival. Check it out (again).  This year I was also invited to a friend’s house to make/eat zong zi. One of the students who helps foreign teachers at Yun Da, and is an all around great guy, invited … Continue reading

Things I’ll Miss About China: Using Cash

Things I’ll Miss About China: Using Cash

I have nightmares about this… Out to dinner with a big group of friends in the US. We each ordered different entrees, some people had a drink or two, two people shared the appetizer, another two purposely didn’t because they’re trying to save money. We ask for the check and have to split it 6 … Continue reading