Spring comes quickly in Beijing, and quickly proceeds to summer. We hit the upper 80s already at the end of April, as we usually do. That means we’ve just at the end of the (first) rose season. Beijing does roses … Continued
Visitor: Is that our bus honking the horn? Experienced with China Friends: (with a shrug of their shoulders) Maybe… Visitor: (trying to crane around the luggage to see the front of bus and road) I can’t tell if it is … Continued
One of the many 4-character phrases in Chinese is 名胜古迹 (míngshènggǔjì), which means “places of historic interest and scenic beauty.” Basically, famous places you might want to visit because they are really old, really beautiful, or both. I was recently … Continued
One of my favorite summer drinks is an iced chai latte, especially from Panera, especially when combined with a cinnamon crunch bagel with plain cream cheese. The thing is, there is no Panera in China. No cinnamon crunch bagels. No … Continued
On Saturday, I went on a group hike to a section of the un-restored Great Wall. This section is far off the tourist path and some work to climb along the wall. The person I ended up hiking with had … Continued
Sometimes I like to take my camera out and take a saunter around my neighborhood, stopping to photograph whatever seems interesting. I’ve shared this practice back in the fall and during Spring Festival. The seasons have changed and now it … Continued
This week’s prayer is inspired by the chorus of Sandra McCracken’s song, “Go” on her newest album, Desire Like Dynamite: Go, go if you want, Go, on your own, Go when you’re ready, Brave girl you are smart, Go when … Continued
Need a watermelon? You could buy them from a cart on the street in Xi’an, in the proper season.