Hope Your Not Hungry…..

I just thought I’d share one of our favorite meals here in Lin’an. Fried dumplings. Ryan likes the dumplings boiled in soup, I like them fried. Either way, they are delicious: And yes, drooling on your keyboard is, in this case, acceptable.

Another Holiday?!

Okay, what can I say, I love China. We’ve only been here a month and yet it seems we have some sort of holiday every few days. First there was Teacher Day, then National Day, and now? Well, today is the Mid-Autumn Festival of course! The Mid-Autumn festival also has Read more…

Happy National Day!

60 years ago today Mao Zedong stood in Tianamen square, raised the national flag for the first time and declared the founding of the People’s Republic of China. They say there were 300,000 soldiers and spectators there that day. Well, that’s nothing compared to how many people are expected to Read more…

Teaching Writing

One of the many classes I’m teaching is writing. What is great about writing with non-native English speakers is they don’t know the tired cliches and common word usage we are all so familiar with. Instead, they put together words in new and exciting ways which aren’t exactly correct, yet Read more…

‘English’ Names

So we have been here for a week and everything has been amazing. We are getting to know the place, the people, and even beginning to speak Chinese in everyday life. Of course the reason we are here is to do one thing: teach. I have 8 classes a week Read more…

Teacher Day

Teacher Day. It sounds like another Hallmark holiday. In America, I think they do have a teacher’s day in which you are probably suppose to buy a card and give your teacher a shiny red apple. But here in China it is serious business. Teacher’s Day is practically a national Read more…

Imagine if you Will…..

Your alarm goes off. It’s 4:30 am, and while you don’t jump out of bed, you do get up quicker than you normally would that early. After all today is the start of your year of living abroad. You’re sleepy (and a little bit cranky) but excited nonetheless. You and Read more…

Only in America

We’re getting down to the home stretch on moving to China. We’re working hard to get things done now because we know that time is running out. I’ve got a bunch of things on order that I’m expecting in the mail including our visas, some business software, and a years Read more…