A Chinese Santa

Christmas is the holiday in my world. I’m on my way home to spend it with the fam like we have almost every year before – with the fireplace, stockings, Church run, big dinner and of course, tree. I wouldn’t have it any other way. There have been times, however, when we’ve diverted from the … Continue reading

A Middle Kingdom Easter

Wangfujing Cathedral

Last week I celebrated one of my favorite holidays knowing the fam was about to enjoy a morning dose of Easter candy, inspiring church sermon, deliciously satisfying brunch followed by an equally satisfying nap, and another huge meal concluded with my Dad’s famous Easter cake. This is what I consider a great routine, so I … Continue reading


This past week we had “three” days off for Tomb Sweeping Festival, or Qingming. I say “three” because in China, this means you get Sunday, Monday, and Tuesday off, but have to work Saturday. Unfortunate, but I got through it and headed out on Sunday morning to an old Ming village called Cuandixia. Similar to … Continue reading

Shanghai, Suzhou, Hangzhou

For Chinese New Year, the roomies and I joined 700 million travelers throughout China. We headed south to Shanghai, Suzhou and Hangzhou, spending a night in each city before returning to Shanghai for the Superbowl. The trip was everything I could have imagined: canal rides through Suzhou’s gardens, strolls along Shanghai’s Bund, and bike rides … 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

感恩节 in Beijing

This year, I’m thankful for good friends who know how to cook! Instead of gorging myself on Thursday, I taught, went to Chinese class, and ate some leftover pasta. Pathetic, I know, but we saved the real festivities for Sunday. It’s my first real Thanksgiving away from home (I say “real” because although I missed … Continue reading