Dujiangyan Day 1: Climb Every Small Mountain

This weekend I am on vacation. It’s a long weekend for the school – it’s Tomb Sweeping Day, the equivalent of Memorial Day back in the States. I am currently in Dujiangyan, a “small” town about an hour from Chengdu. I made this decision based almost entirely on a posting on the Chengdu Living forums. […]


And then back home…

CCTV says there’s been another shooting at Fort Hood. I find a functioning American news source on Chinese internet (firewall) and confirm. I can’t express my anger in gifs or snarky captions. I’ve deleted so many versions of what I want to say. I preface all this by saying that I am writing from a […]

Hot Pot!

The Sichuan specialty cooking style is called “hot pot.” Have you ever had fondue? Maybe visited the Melting Pot at some point? Hot pot is essentially fondue, except instead of cheese or chocolate, you’re given a broth mixed with chili oil, chiles, and other spices. Chili oil seems to go into most dishes here unless […]

The Perfume Road: Part 2

Just got out of the shower to knocking at my door. I don’t know how to say “busy” in Chinese, but looking through the peephole I see the two housekeepers. Since I can’t say “busy” I figure that if they see I’m still in a towel and clearly not ready for conversation they’ll give me […]