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The daily commute

As I mentioned in the post about books, since October I don’t have a room in Shanghai anymore and I have to commute every day from Suzhou. 532 more words


老人 (Old People)

So recently I’ve been thinking about old Chinese people; in particular, old Chinese ladies. They are a very peculiar and unpredictable bunch. Some I have met have been the sweetest people, giving me toothless grins and repeatedly wishing me luck (as was the case with one old lady on the bus last year), or making sure that I got a seat once I’d given up my seat for them (happens frequently), or just being generally good natured and excited to interact with foreigners (a particularly memorable woman in Xiamen talked to Beth and I for a good 20 minutes, continually telling us how much she loved foreigners and how handsome we were. 451 more words


Interactions: At the Market

The market where I buy vegetables, eggs, and meat is in the lower level of a hotel, not far from the enormous In Time shopping mall, the centerpiece of my neighborhood. 1,167 more words

Elementary hordes

A few days ago we went to a Chinese elementary school. After we had lunch with one of the doctors and her husband, the husband (who is a elementary school teacher) invited us to come see his school. 363 more words


Authority and hard beds

When I arrived at the airport in Beijing all the passengers had to go through an immigration check. Here they checked our visas and gave us a little receipt which we must keep until our departure. 133 more words


The old village of Bright Moon Bay

As we had three days of holidays last week, we decided to go somewhere instead of couchpotatoing the whole time. We were considering Chongming Island, in Shanghai, and Xishan Island, in Suzhou, and finally went to Xishan. 341 more words


Going to the hospital in China

Before actually going to any hospital in China, I had already heard a ton of horror stories. I am not sick easily so I wasn’t very worried. 1,011 more words