Take you down to Qibao town

If you’re looking for an easy trip from Shanghai but aren’t particularly desirous of dealing with taxis and buses, Qibao is a good getaway. Qibao is a small water town on the outskirts of Shanghai with plenty to offer – provided you don’t visit on a weekend day or a holiday. If that’s all the…

England in China and an amusement park in the middle of nowhere

There are more than enough things to keep you busy! Our middle school recently instituted Inspirations – a week and a half of non-academic courses at the end of the school year. We came up with some pretty interesting options for our students, some of which I’ll detail here for the curious. Oriental Land A…

The final [Shanghai] countdown

After three years of life and lunacy in Shanghai, I am leaving for the wild urban jungle that is Hong Kong. This is the M.O. of a single international teacher; we love ’em and leave ’em because we can without anyone but ourselves to call shotgun on the highway to adventure. I have been done…

Cruising the Hood

Primroses in bloom along Lantian Lu Alright, that’s a bit much for Jinqiao, but that is the neighborhood around here. I’ll own up to shame of not really going out much in this particular area. I think I had walked around the general block of school (Mingyue/Huangyang Lu), Hongfeng Lu (restaurant row, one street over from…

Shanghai, 3 AM

The great Cathay Cinema, at night.  A city of 23 million people is curiously silent at 3 AM. Several of us went to dinner to celebrate the new job of a fellow teacher who is moving to Hong Kong next year. We met in Puxi (literally, “West of Pu [River]”) at a fabulous little restaurant…

Keurig: The Trials and Tribulations of

Some people have a little red Corvette. I have a little redKeurig! Considering all parts of my Keurig were made in China, it drove me mad that it’s taken me so long to get it up and functioning. Over a week ago, I did finally get my Keurig to work on another teacher’s transformer. What…

Frankensteinin’ It

IT’S ALIVE! No, it wasn’t what I tried to cook for dinner tonight. It’s my Keurig Mini. Keurig is bliss. It’s the individual serve coffee machine which everyone who loves coffee must purchase at some point. I had one back in the States for eight months before I moved to China, and I missed my…

Shang-Chi

Huge cities amaze me. The sheer history of how one place develops into a metropolis has always interested me. When you get into the bare bones of Chicago history, it’s truly fascinating. Dessert sampler @ the Drake A walk around Chicago is never boring. Every building has a little piece of architecture that is special or…

GPS Signal Lost

Agora: Symbolizes the aimlessness of people.Where am I going?Where have I been? My makeshift pan of lasagna is in the oven, so it’s time to update my blog!  Well, as soon as I recovered from jet lag to Chicago, I reversed it and am currently struggling to throw it off now. I keep falling asleep…

Balsamic-Honey Roasted Heirloom Tomatoes

Yes, they are as delicious as they sound. Unfortunately, I just started eating them and forgot to take a picture. Balsamic-Honey Roasted Heirloom Tomatoes 1 container mini heirloom tomatoes (Trader Joe’s)little less than 1/4 cup balsamic vinegar (roughly)1/2 tbsp honey (adjust for tartness of balsamic)1/2 tsp garlic powder1/2 tsp onion powder1/2 tsp dried tarragon1/4 tsp…

The Museum of Your Life

If you ever want to get the feeling of the time turner in Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, simply fly from Asia to America. I left Shanghai at 6:00 PM, 12-19-12, and I arrived in Chicago at 5:30 PM, 12-19-12, after a 13 1/2 hour flight. I feel like I lost time in…

Dear Doomsday Preppers,

HAHA. Sincerely, the Mayans Alright, so 12-21-12 has come (and gone, in some parts of the world), and so far, I feel very deceived by the movie 2012.Not really, but I do wonder about all the people who bought stock in the prophecy. All the people featured on the Doomsday Preppers show or the one I…