Things I’ll Miss About China: Weekends Away

Things I’ll Miss About China: Weekends Away

Let the countdown begin! I’m planning to leave China in July after I finish grading my finals and my visa is up. I’ve been getting a little nostalgic, thinking back on all of the life-changing experiences I’ve had while living in China. I am confident in my decision to leave and I’m really looking forward … Continue reading

Sick tree? Give it an IV

Sick tree? Give it an IV

I’ve been spending more and more time outdoors in the beautiful spring weather in the Spring City. One of the city’s nicest parks- Green Lake, is minutes away from my apartment. After a major beautification project last year, the park is nicer than ever. I’ve tried to go running around the lake a few times … Continue reading

Bus update

Bus update

Remember my bus escapades from last semester? The fun never stops. The other morning I was taking the 9:00 am bus to school. (Note: OMG! This is a special treat, because usually I take the 7 am bus, where we ride in the dark for most of the way.) This particular bus had no grimy … Continue reading

On the Road to Mandalay

On the Road to Mandalay

Here’s an excellent guest post from my mom about our travels together in Myanmar.  My first impression of Burma was a ride in a dilapidated minivan taxi from the airport into Mandalay city center.  The road we traveled was a brand new, concrete, 4-lane divided highway. Go Burma! I was expecting much more modest infrastructure. … Continue reading

Sleeping Next to a Stranger

Sleeping Next to a Stranger

When I first arrived in Vientiane, all I could think about was how much I needed to take a shower. I smelled like puke, and not my own puke. The adventure started when I left the 4000 Islands at the southernmost tip of Laos. I spent most of my time there overlooking the Mekong river … Continue reading

Toilet Humor

Toilet Humor

Right now I’m at home in Bangkok, and I’ve been thinking a lot about toilets. Thought #1. It feels SO amazing to wake up and sit on a WARM toilet seat. My bathroom in Kunming gets pretty chilly, and I dreaded the morning bathroom trip because it was such a rude awakening to my behind! … Continue reading

Wear your jacket inside

Wear your jacket inside

I’m sitting in my bedroom wearing my winter coat and sipping on a mug of hot chocolate. Sometimes I can see my breath, and my fingers get pretty chilly while typing on my computer. I have a heat lamp positioned at my feet that I sporadically turn on to warm up the two square foot … Continue reading