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Asia » China » Beijing » Wudaokou March 8th 2009

Today was the official day of International Women's Day and I had a Chinese friend (Guo Dong) invite me out to dinner in the area around our university. I also asked a friend (Derek) from the Syracuse program to join us for dinner and it turned out to be a really fun evening! We went out to eat at Korean Restaurant. The area by my school is called "Wudaokou" 五道 and is generally know for two things: the large population of international students and its large Korean restaurants, shops and businesses. Needless to say the food at the restaurant was very tasty and the restaurant had a nice ambiance to it. The owner (老板) of the restaurant was very friendly and even came over to help us grilling our food. Prior to coming to China, I ... read more
Large grilling surface
Small Korean dishes

Asia » China » Beijing » Wudaokou March 7th 2009

Tonight, I had one of the most spectacular nights in China. Life is full of surprises and today was definitely one of the most fun nights I have had in China. After class the other day, I heard some guys speaking a language that was strangely familiar. The more I listened the more I was certain that it was spoken Vietnamese. Since they were both northern Vietnamese speakers, I was a bit hesitant to believe that what I was hearing was correct, but I knew I could not give up the chance to introduce myself. As it turns out, going out of my comfort zone and making the introduction was probably one of the best decisions I have made so far.... A few days after meeting my new friends, I received a text message from a ... read more
And here is a rose...
What do I say now....? :)
My friend from Saigon

Asia » China » Beijing » Wudaokou July 21st 2008

Beijing has been invaded. It began at the start of the traditional tourist season at the end of May. A couple of hopelessly lost Koreans here, a few scattered Westerners speaking Mandarin with horribly mangled tones there, and a smattering of hopelessly lost elderly Japanese. As the summer arrived and the weather heated up, along with Beijing's interminable humidity, the trickle became a stream, which turned into an all-out flood. Foreigners are descending upon Beijing in droves, reminiscent of a locust swarm. These lecherous parasites have infiltrated the poshest hotels, are hesitantly venturing down Beijing's most upscale shopping avenues and, to make matters even worse, I have been lumped into that horrible, generalized category of "foreigner". Now, ask me how I really feel. Truth be told, it's not all bad. Beijing tourism industry profit margins have ... read more
Beijing's New Subway Map
New Subway Line 10
Tiananmen Square, 4 AM

Asia » China » Beijing » Wudaokou June 25th 2008

The official countdown has begun, both for me and for China. For China, the Olympics will open in Beijing in 44 days; for me, I will be leaving China and moving back to the United States in 35 days. The Olympics will open here in Beijing via a spectacular ceremony on a very auspicious date, August 8, 2008, or 8/8/8 at 8:08 PM. Eight is a very lucky number in Chinese culture. Chinese is a monosyllabic language, utilizing four separate tones to indicate differences in meaning between words with the same pronunciation. The word for "eight" in Chinese is "ba", which sounds similar to another Chinese word meaning wealth or prosper. Placing 88 side by side also resembles the Chinese characters for double happiness, which are often used at wedding ceremonies. While eight is lucky, four ... read more

Asia » China » Beijing » Wudaokou June 14th 2008

I've recently been tempted to snatch the title of "Windy City" from Chicago, my prospective future home, and relinquish it to Beijing. The period of late spring through early summer in Beijing is notorious for being immensely windy and tends to experience sudden sandstorms. However, on special days, the winds of Beijing are so strong that I have to walk at a 75 degree angle just to keep moving forward. Today started out normally enough: overcast sky, cool morning temperature, everyone going about their business. I went to my 8:30 A.M. class and then stepped onto the subway for the glorious two-hour journey into downtown Beijing to meet a friend. By eavesdropping on the subway, I learned that a violent thunderstorm was forecast for that evening; I just hoped I would make it home before ... read more
Visiting the Kremlin
Leaning Tower of Pisa
Visiting the White House

Asia » China » Beijing » Wudaokou June 1st 2008

2nd post sunday 1 june 2008 ahhhmm I did indeed take the subway to WuDaoKou, my old stomping grounds where I lived and worked last year. Somethings have changed since last year. For instance, all subway costs are 2 kuai. Last year it was 3 kuai for red and blue lines, and 5 kuai if you were going up to line 13, which is where Wudaokou is. I am surprised the the costs have gone down. I would guess it's Beijing's way of promoting public transportation and "going green" for the Olympics. Also, the trains themselves have been updated... At least the blue loop line #2 has been. The handrails inside are much more user friendly and there are TVs inside showing both earthquake coverage and Olympic coverage. And the maps within the subway cars are ... read more
center beijing map
future beijing subway map

Asia » China » Beijing » Wudaokou May 16th 2008

What I thought was a simple Beijing rumbling has turned into the most devastating natural disaster China has experienced in recent decades. I was sitting at my desk, willing myself to crack open my books and begin studying, when I experienced a sudden onslaught of vertigo. I looked up at the ceiling and noticed my hanging lights noticeably swinging back and forth. When I stood up to get a better look at the lights, I stumbled. I could see the other high rises swaying ever so slightly through the window of my 19th floor apartment. I'd never experienced an earthquake before, and so decided the best solution was to yank my door open and stand in the doorway. The sensation stopped after what felt like twenty minutes, but couldn't have been more than two. I convinced ... read more
My 24th Birthday Dinner
My 24th Birthday Dinner
Birthday Dinner

Asia » China » Beijing » Wudaokou April 28th 2008

Yesterday started out like any ordinary day. The sun was shining, the smog had lifted and everything was turning green. I was on my way to the Dirt Market, one of my favorite locales in Beijing. On the weekends, hundreds of vendors arrive, spreading their wares out on blankets on the ground and within temporary stalls. Products range from hand-painted scrolls to porcelain vases to antique Chinese toys to jade jewelry. The variety of goods is astounding. The best part about the market for me is that it's basically still a local market, meaning I can be immersed in street life, instead of being engulfed by swarming hordes of tourists. Sadly, the market is slowly becoming a tourist hot spot. Enormous TV screens hang from the rafters of the makeshift canopy overhead, directing consumers where to ... read more
Rainy Day in China
Springtime in Beijing

Asia » China » Beijing » Wudaokou April 27th 2008

Our facebook friends will know exactly what this blog is about. So, you can skip this paragraph. To everyone else: In an attempt to make the Olympics a happy and foreigner-friendly affair, the Ch***se Gov******nt (from now on know as 'Norman' - to save any more deportation attempts) is trying to kick out most of the 250 000 happy expats living in Beijing. The scary thing is - it's kinda working. So, of course, getting a new visa at this time is difficult. More than difficult, it's as difficult as trying to meditate whilst having someone put a hot poker up your nose. Yes, we said nose. And, it's not quite over yet. Let's start at the beginning and give you a rundown of this whole saga. Much bigger than the bicycle saga that devotees will ... read more
Relaxin' by the pond
Slings at raffles

Asia » China » Beijing » Wudaokou April 26th 2008

Dear Grandma Ruth, On this, the first anniversary of the day you left our lives, I'm not sure what to feel. It's hard to believe that you've already been gone for a year. So much has happened since that fateful April day. I'm back in China, though this time as a student and not a teacher. It was strange to experience the reversal of roles at first, but I'm really enjoying this opportunity to learn more Chinese. It's in no small part due to you that I am back here again. It's not just about the money, but about the support and encouragement you've given me my entire life and continue to do so now through my memories of you and the life lessons you taught me. I've learned that, as you always said, family is ... read more
Grandma and Shadow
Grandma, Aunt Tudy and Lacey
Grandma, Dad and Aunt Tudy

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