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Semester One Sketches

Nowadays, it seems like anyone can call himself or herself an artist. This type of individual will take mediocre photos shot on a smartphone, spend 10 minutes playing with a monochrome filter (“the contrast just… 197 more words

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Some thoughts 

It’s a uniquely challenging time to be a Peace Corps Volunteer today – to think that the American Values and ideas we left the comfort and familiarity of our hometowns to promote abroad are now under intense and relentless assault back home. 621 more words

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Telephone, Ethics, and Snickers

(from the previous semester)

My students are extremely competitive and love beating their classmates to first place. There’s nothing more satisfying for a teacher than watching your room explode with energy, as the kids race against the clock and trample over each other to emerge as victors. 740 more words

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17/01/17 - Of Dirt Caves and Sand Dunes

Holy crap, what a week. I’m not quite sure how we did it, but Francesca and I are now in Sichuan after nonstop night trains from Dunhuang to Chengdu. 1,670 more words


Syrian Refugee Crisis

(a story from last semester)

In December, I covered the ongoing humanitarian crisis in Syria with my students. I could limit coursework to discussing college majors, rooms of a house, and going on a date, but my sophomores are mature and eager to learn about global topics that they might not otherwise have exposure to. 862 more words

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09/01/17 - 36 Hours

Getting off the train in Turfan at 8:15 am was like peeling myself off a sticky fly trap – I’d wrapped myself in a Soft Sleeper cocoon for a day-and-a-half watching the epic scenery of Gansu, Qinghai, and eventually Xinjiang pass us by. 1,156 more words


The Bad Boys of Lanzhou

I spent a lot of my free time at Dr.INK, and have become close friends with the guys that frequent the café. They are awesome, if somewhat unpredictable company, and I never know what’s coming next. 851 more words

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