That's what I found myself doing yesterday morning. I wasn't driving, and I obviously wasn't on a bicycle. I was on one of China's new 'bullet' trains on my way from Beijing to Taiyuan, which makes the 409 km (254 mile) journey in 3 hours and 25 minutes! Beijing sits on a plain and Taiyuan […]
My knees are a mess, and next week I have an appointment with a knee specialist from Hong Kong to see if there is anything that can be done to stop the grinding and scraping and near constant pain. At lunch on Monday I was chatting about this with some colleagues, and I mentioned that […]
One of the big stories in China last week was about a 13 story, almost-finished apartment building that suddenly fell onto it’s side early one morning, killing one worker who happened to be inside. By the end of the week, the authorities had figured out what went wrong. Workers were digging a hole on one […]
When learning another language, no one is a visual learner. There isn't a toddler on the planet who's thinking, "when are they going to give me a textbook." And by the time they get the textbook, they've already pretty much learned the language–by listening! If you're trying to learn another language, put down the textbook […]
A few weeks back a visiting friend and I ended up joining a group of dancers at the Temple of Heaven. The paparazzi were out in full force. The video ended up on HER blog. I'm glad I have my comments section turned off!
No, that's not a declaration of my permanent state; rather it is the new advertising slogan here in Beijing for MacDonalds new 24 hour delivery service. I recently spotted this ad hanging on the back of a taxi seat. It's really quite clever. There are two lines of characters: 我要吃！我要吃! In Pinyin, they would be […]