Not Exactly Singing (in the Rain)

Rain makes life special when you don’t have a car to get to work. Today marks the beginning, I have heard, of the cold, wet, rainy winter season of Shanghai. After a two month reprieve from the muggy humidity, with blue skies and sunshine every day, I’m sad to see it go. Truly sad. Now,…

Just When You Think You Have Everything…

Bejeweled mounds of veg When I hopped into the van today with the other teachers, I never expected the multi-sensory experience which are the markets of Shanghai. America really isn’t a market country unless you add the word “super” in front of the word. Farmers’ markets aren’t even comparable to what I’ve seen in China….

Lost in Stone and Flowers

So, since Mid-Autumn Break, my life has been exceedingly humdrum. One of my favorite pictures: Redlanterns full of sunlight. I’ve settled back into the work-meeting-Mandarin lesson-home life cycle, with the weekends functioning as rather uninteresting interruptions in the cyclical nature of a teacher’s march toward Christmas break. Sitting Room Today, I needed some sort of…

Domestic Prowess Rising

It’s Sunday, at the end of a week long holiday break. In China, the national holiday break coincides with the MidAutumn (or Moon) Festival. It’s very mythology based, which is fascinating, history-wise. In every grocery store and on many food carts, you’ll see moon cakes. Moon cakes are either a flaky or soft crust “pie”-like…

All Quiet on the Eastern Front

Alright, so that’s a stupid play on a great novel title. However, it’s appropriate. I see that my blog has gotten a couple hundred views since I’ve been here, and I’ve been the world’s worst blogger too. I haven’t updated anything yet. Nearly two months here, and unless you’ve been keeping up on my Facebook,…