Category Archives: China

CQ and the Apartment

Arriving in Chongqing we were ushered to a guest hotel. I’m unsure what “guest hotel” actually means, but it was very nice (if you could ignore the condoms next to the bed and prostitutes roaming the hallways). After a nice … Continue reading

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The Shiz and the Homestay

Shizajuang (‘the Shiz’ for short) quickly transformed from hell to the high life after spending the night with my host family. I was nervous for the homestay – add to it my inability to utter much of anything in Mandarin … Continue reading

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Where have I been?

Lots of updates to come…. stay tuned. Finding good internet is hard, but I now have it in my apartment. Wooohooo.

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Beijing to Shijiazuang

Beijing was beautiful, hipster, and oh so relaxing. Spent the last day in town hitting up tourist attractions and eating copious amounts of dumplings. Mid-afternoon it was off to the airport to meet up with 23 Drake graduates, all in … Continue reading

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A beautiful day in the neighborhood

I was expecting to suffer serious jetlag – but arriving at night after 24 hours of travelling beat me up. I melted into my bed and woke around 9 am. After mulling around, I made it out to the hotel’s … Continue reading

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Good Morning, China

The plane from Seattle to Beijing was disorienting. I slept in bits and pieces and the 12 hour trip slowly added up. Delta Flight 129 touched down in Peking Airport about 30 minutes early and the first stop was Customs. … Continue reading

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The first update from CN

Passing through the Des Moines “International” Airport and not running into a single person I know (other than C, who is a travel companion and does not count) – is impressive. Not that I am a celebrity, but having grown … Continue reading

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China, not Chinatown.

I’m going to China. Chongqing to be exact. For 5 months. To live. To study. To eat. I will be constantly surrounded by noise, pollution, people and hopefully be able to boil it all down into a few good stories. … Continue reading

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