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10 Ways Living Abroad Changed Me for the Better

  I don’t think it’s possible to live abroad, to completely immerse yourself in a foreign culture, and to not come back changed. If you don’t see something, do something […]

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What to Pack for Asia: 6 Essential Items

One of the reasons we travel is to experience other cultures. We’re prepared to see how the locals live, what kinds of food they eat and how, where they shop […]

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Stuck on a Plane in China

I’ve been staring out the oval window of my Korean Air jet for the past three hours. We’ve boarded, watched the safety video, had our first meal, coffee served. But […]

Goodbye, Acne. Goodbye, China.

I just gave up the only job I’m probably ever going to have that requires me to work less than 20 hours a week, only eight months a year, and […]

The Traveler’s Itch: Next Stop, India.

It’s been years since I first experienced it. My first overseas trip was for a study abroad opportunity in college. I went to Oviedo, Spain (in Asturias, near the northern […]

Peeing in Public: China’s Dirty Streets

I gasped when I rode by the adult woman squatting, her bare ass facing the road, her gaze upon the green fields out yonder. I pedaled my red, gearless, child-size […]

Baiyun Shan: White Cloud Mountain

When asked about the famous sites near Guangzhou, my students almost always reply, “Baiyun Shan. A mountain in middle of city!” (We’re working on filling in the blanks of that […]

Haizhu Square: Guangzhou’s Best Kept Secret

You never know what you might find on a stroll through Haizhu Square. I’ve been there five times already, in my three months of being in China, and though each […]

Overcoming Homesickness

Homesickness has hit me like a Thai teacher’s hand to the back of a rowdy student’s head – swiftly, consistently, and without reason. Each time my wanderlust wins the battle […]

Chinese Superstitions

In my first few days at Peizheng, I was whisked into the China Mobile shop to set up a local cell phone number. They gave me a list of options […]

No Facebook in China

I can’t access WordPress in China. I can legally read my website, but I can’t log in to administer it. The government has an intense censorship on certain social media […]

My Apartment in China

A lot of you have asked about my living situation in China and all I have to say is it’s no Thai hut, but it’s a nice enough place to […]

At Home on Campus: Peizheng, China

I weaved my way effortlessly through customs and found a nervous-looking young lady holding a piece of printer paper with my name on it. “You look not same,” she told […]

10 Reasons I Can’t Wait to be Back in Asia

1. The humidity does great things for my natural curls. 2. I can wander around alone and lost and still get inspired. 3. The wonderful hospitality and curiosity of the locals. 4. Street-side […]

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