Side Car Through Beijing

A friend is starting up a sidecar tour group and put out a request for passengers willing to test drive her service. My grandma started her campaign against motorcycles when my cousins and I were young, instilling a fear of motorized two-wheelers at an early age. While I remain hesitant to jump on the back … Continue reading

The rents have arrived!

The rents arrived for the first time to China, let alone Asia, last week to be my first guests here. As I am quite new to the task, there have been a few bumps along the way, including arrival at the final gate of the Forbidden City (after trekking through the four-odd gates) the minute … Continue reading

Happy Chinese New Year! 春节快乐!

Yesterday was the last day of Chinese new year as well as the conclusion of my five day trip to Shanghai, Suzhou and Hangzhou. Luckily we spent the actual new years day here in Beijing. The most commonly used phrase I’ve heard when people describe Beijing during Chinese new year is a “war zone”. After … Continue reading

Yuan Ming Yuan

These past two weeks have been quite busy for our household. We’ve entertained visitors with new age (or medieval) exercise equipment, attended readings by Dave Eggers and David Sedaris, hosted a housewarming party and I finished up my last week at work. Greg and Bucko’s childhood camp friend, Chelsea, came for a visit, and we … Continue reading