Category Archives: General

Not So Cliche

Recently I played a game with some Chinese students that would help them learn more English and help me to learn some Chinese. There were several pieces of paper with either English or Chinese words written on each piece. If

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Majestic Fur

There are a lot of things a person can do in 2 days. Arriving in a country and having a profound and unique cultural experience is probably not one of them. Last weekend, November the 18th, I traveled to Seoul,

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Take Me Home… But Not Really!

Despite China’s constantly altering society and progression, they still do not celebrate the same holidays as Americans. Unfortunately, that means we did not get to see hundreds of Chinese children flooding the streets in classic costumes, Trick or Treating. However, since this

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An Ant on Top of an Ant Hill

I am just going to go ahead and Lay this out here.. China was and is a complete culture shock. From the smells of the street food (or bodily functions), to the views that my eyeballs have never seen before

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Sticking Out but Fitting in

I have always tried my hardest to fit in and make myself blend with the crowds around me. Unfortunately, curly hair, white skin, and an American accent make blending in a thing of the past in my new home. Standing

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Oblivion

I take a lot of time here to step back and reflect on my reality. I cannot grasp how different things are than I expected. To say the least, my expectations were greatly overcame and obliterated. China, and more specifically

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Magic and Wonder

The greatest tragedy of our age is that the days of magic and wonder have been replaced with science and reasoning. Traveling across the entire world, something that once might have been a nearly impossible feat, is now achievable in

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Stretching

I don’t really consider myself to be an athletic person, but I know what it feels like to stretch before or after a workout. At first your muscles are kind of tight, it’s difficult, and kind of uncomfortable. Being in

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Four Days of Fun

We came back to reality today as the four day Tomb-Sweeping Holiday ended. Every year on the 15th day from the Spring Equinox, the Chinese honor their ancestors by (literally) sweeping their tombs, offering food, and burning replicated luxuries such

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In a World of Pure Imagination

Not much has happened this week besides school and work. It is so fun to work with the Chinese students and watch them learn and correct their grammar mistakes before you tell them to. They are always so willing to

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