Gondor Translates

Lord of the Rings: Return of the King is on. At first I thought they had just pirated the music for another show, and was up in arms. Then I realized it was the actual movie. It’s a little easier to identify the Chinese when you know the movie by heart. I like Sam a […]

The Wenjiang Scooter

Until two days ago, I hitched a ride every day to school. Last week, Bill bought an electric scooter for the school to use – for me to use “when I was comfortable”. I tested it twice on the school grounds, going around the islands and generally having fun. Then it was decreed I could […]


Western Welcome

I found the consulate in Chengdu during my weekend. I used the metro (huzzah!) but I got off too early and still wound up walking quite a ways. The consulate was closed (it was Sunday), but I got the information I needed to register. Nothing like seeing a wall ringed in thick barbed wire to […]

Food! Glorious Food!

I’ve been warned about street vendors and food stalls – they’re not as hygienic. I respect that, but I also think that food stalls make some of the tastiest food ever. In Chengdu, I went to JinLi “alley” next to Wuhou temple, which was filled with food vendors and trinket shops. Oh, the food! The […]