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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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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!

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

Illegal fruit

I had something happen to me twice this week that I haven’t had happen to me before.

In this area there haven’t been too many street vendors on the main roads since the Olympics, something about beautifying the city and whatnot.  They’ve been popping up more and more lately, although they aren’t as commonly seen as in other parts of the city.  The other day my Mom and I were sampling some grapes I was about to buy when the guy started pedaling away as fast as he could before the chengguan could get him.  The chengguan are a certain kind of police that give street vendors a hard time since, technically, street sellers are illegal.

Then tonight we were walking back to the school after our Sunday team meal and I was poised and ready to buy some cherries when the guy started up his motor and drove off down the street as fast as he could.  I guess the chengguan were on the way again.

Yushu earthquake pictures

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Earthquake in Qinghai

Many people have checked in to see if I’m okay after seeing China’s latest earthquake in the news.  Thanks for your thoughts and messages – all of us far away in Beijing are safe and didn’t feel a thing (we’re 1190 miles away).

Qinghai (pronounced ching-hi) is a remote area in China’s Tibetan region and the earthquake occurred along one of eastern Tibet’s most active fault lines.  Unfortunately rescue efforts are slow because Qinghai Province is so isolated and there isn’t very much excavation machinery.  From what I’ve read, people have been pulling the rubble apart with their bare hands to look for survivors. Continue reading

Life lately

I have a confession to make.  I was wearing flip flops around the apartment and wore them right into the shower today.  I don’t know why I suddenly reverted back to my college days and their accompanying grody showers, but I looked down and there they were.

Aside from wearing my shoes into the shower, two friends and I decided to take a break from Chinese food and eating in, and treated ourselves to TGI Friday’s tonight.  My Caribbean calamari salad (minus the squid, I had it replaced with chicken instead) was yum and a nice break from the ordinary.

My friend Victoria does a great job discussing and rating the movies Continue reading