Hope springs eternal

Spring was good to this blog.  Summer and fall not so much, as I took on new responsibilities at work. Thanksgiving, I have many thanks to give.  L and I spent it together in Yosemite, walking in one of America’s signature landscapes.  While we miss our extended families, being in Yosemite felt like a very

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What now?

Hard to believe that’s over. And now I’m back at work. So what do I do now? There’s a few long-ish stories I’d like to tell about our time in China. They are things I should have blogged along the way, but daily life was just a bit too intense to stop and write things

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Settling in.

This first week has been eventful, exciting even. But exhausting at the same time. It seems we are starting everything from scratch: outfitting the apartment, learning to navigate, assessing the level of my students. To start with we have been buying lots of basics for the apartment: plates, bowls, chopsticks. But I hear from my

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Getting what you want—sort of.

Yep—that’s whipped cream on that sushi. We splurged at the mall last night for Japanese-like food. L voted for Sichuan, but I was spiced out for the day and actually had a taste for something a bit non-Chinese. I was culture-shocked out for the day after struggling to be understood by the folks in our

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We arrived without incident in Kunming after a loooooong full day of travel. We left our hotel room at 6am on Thursday and arrived at our Chinese hotel at 11pm Friday. Realtime, about 22 hours of travel time. It would have been longer but we had really short layovers between our three flights. Everything was

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