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    NJ native without the accent or the big hair. Currently residing in Beijing. Teaching English. Absorbing all things China. Exploring SE Asia.

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No longer “Blogging From Beijing”

I’m back in the US, and as such, I no longer write from China.  I may occasionally update with something China-related, but for the most part I probably won’t post very much anymore.

I have started a personal blog, but it won’t be as visible as this blog has been.  It won’t be protected, and the posts won’t be imported into Facebook, but you can have the posts emailed to you if you’d like.  If you’d like the link to it, just drop me an email at juliekhull at gmail dot com, or leave me a comment at the bottom of this post.

It’s been an amazing adventure, and I’m so thankful for everyone who kept in touch and prayed for me along the way.  I did my best to chronicle my time in China between the summers of 2007 and 2010, and the journey has been incredible.  Thanks for reading along the way.  🙂

再见! Zai jian!

epic Chinese tattoo FAIL

I don’t know how I forgot to share this story, but I did, and now I’ll let you laugh with me.

For some reason, Western white people think it’s cool to get Chinese characters permanently inked on their bodies.  I just ask that if you’re thinking of doing this, please get a second opinion on a decent translation from a Chinese reading/writing/speaking person.  After all, if you don’t keep it forever, it’s going to be painful to get rid of.  If you want to be amused, there are countless examples of foreigners’ Chinese tattoos here.

But back to my story.  Several weeks ago I was in a restaurant and I noticed that the man at the table next to me had some fairly prominent tattoos Continue reading

Update: back in America to stay

It’s been a while since I’ve posted, so I thought I’d write a quick update to let you know what I’ve been up to.

First, I need to mention how awesome it is that I’m wearing a hoodie on August 27 because it hasn’t reached 70 degrees yet!  2002 was my last fall season in NJ and I’m looking forward to autumn this year.  What can I say… Ohio and Beijing just aren’t the same.  I do hear more of summer and its 90-degree weather are around the corner for this weekend so I’ll have to wait a little longer for fall to arrive.

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Beijing Beijing, wo ai Beijing

I don’t have the words or the time to find them to describe my feelings about boarding a one-way plane to Newark Airport this afternoon.  It’s been a wonderful three years and I have so many memories.

Beijing is sending me off with clear blue skies today.  I will surely miss my life and the people here, but I’m looking forward to the next thing Father will bring me to.

Goodbye, Beijing!

Of birthdays past

I cleaned out a drawer today that seemed to contain every card or note I’ve received during my time in China, including from Christmas, International Women’s Day (did you know there was such a thing?), Teacher’s Day, Thanksgiving, random notes from students, and of course, birthday cards.

When I turned 23 we went to an Indian restaurant and Anna asked my friends to write down some advice for me.  I then had to guess who said each thing.  I saved a few of them and they made me smile as I read through them and remembered, and I thought you might enjoy them, too.

  • If you caught something every time you went out on the lake, they wouldn’t call it fishin’.  They’d call it catching. Continue reading

What’s keeping me busy

I know it’s been a little while since you’ve heard from me, so I just wanted to post a quick update on life.  The school schedule has been all over the place, with days off during the week for various exams and classes scheduled on the weekends.  I have to check my calendar each morning to remind myself what day it is, because even though today is Saturday we taught school like it was a Wednesday.  Just the usual end of the term China craziness.  (:  My final days as a teacher are on Monday and Tuesday, which is a strange thought after three years.  24 seems too young to go through a career change! Continue reading

“Bearded Beanie” hat

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“Bearded Beanie” hat: the weirdest thing ever?