Le sigh: it’s snowing again

Just as I thought the weather was improving after going for a three mile walk with Anna yesterday wearing only a t-shirt and a fleece, I woke up this morning to the sound of shovels scraping asphalt.  Uh-oh.  Even eight floors up I can hear that loud and clear, and the only thing it means is s-n-o-w.  The weather widget on my dashboard still optimistically proclaims a high of 48 for today, but I think reality says “not happening.”  I traipsed through the slushy streets to go to IF this morning but now I’m back at home under a blanket watching the rain/snow come down, the bottoms of my pants drying out before I have to head back out for a team dinner at 5.  In America I would probably never walk a mile on a snowy slushy day, but in Beijing that’s not too abnormal because you just have to walk to get places.

Speaking of snow, my previous two winters in Beijing only saw a couple snowfalls of under 3″ which melted within days, if not hours.  But this winter it seemed like Beijing saw more snow than Vancouver.  Well maybe that’s not true! but we definitely weren’t trucking in snow like Vancouver was for its winter games and this is the most snow this area of the country has seen in sixty years.  I’m crossing my fingers hoping this is the last snow we’ll see and that March will go out like a lamb.

Adios USA

Zai jian, USA!  I’m on a direct flight back to Beijing right now.  I’ll land in thirteen hours, returning just in time for the new school term to start on Tuesday.  In my last semester as a teacher I’m teaching 10th grade history, the international students, and an after-school elective in business management.

It’s hard to believe how an intial 10-month commitment slipped into life in Beijing for 36 months, and it seems like I arrived just yesterday.  But as I contemplate the close of this time, there’s one thing I just can’t Continue reading

Current weather conditions in Beijing: smoke


Jenny & Amanda to Beijing

My sister, Jenny, and her friend Amanda are coming to visit me in Beijing in May!  As I was booking Jenny’s flight via Air Canada, I was given the option of selecting a meal preference.  Here were the options:

  • Asian vegetarian meal
  • bland meal
  • diabetic meal
  • gluten free meal
  • Hindu meal
  • Kosher meal
  • low calorie meal
  • low carbohydrate meal
  • low cholesterol/fat meal
  • low sodium meal
  • Muslim meal
  • nonlactose meal
  • no salt meal
  • peanut free meal
  • raw vegetarian meal
  • seafood meal
  • special request meal
  • vegetarian meal
  • vegetarian/lacto-ovo meal

Air Canada needs a new byline and here’s what it should be:

Air Canada: perfect for the picky eater

I selected the seafood meal for my sister.  I’m sure the seafood in coach will be yummy.

(just kidding.  but I was tempted!)