A Curmudgeon Back Home

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A Curmudgeon Back Home
Enthusiastically jaded observations and occasional rants by an expatriate.
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  • Chengdu, Part 2: Big ass Buddhas 22 hours ago Size does matterOur friends Barbara and Jeff seemed to have enjoyed themselves while they were here, but China is still China, after all, and there's only so much a sane-minded individual can put up during a visit. When I proposed during our four-day, three-night excursion to Chéngdū 成都 that...
  • Chengdu, Part 1: Pandas (of course) 3 days ago It isn't easy being an endangered species...Pandas. Our friends Barbara and Jeff, visiting us from Belgium, wanted to see China's warm and fuzzy examples of soft power projection. And in China, the best place to get a glimpse of these endangered creatures is just outside the city of...
  • Entertaining friends 4 days ago If I haven't posted anything here recently, it's for a good reason: last week we had the great pleasure of playing hosts to our friends Barbara and Jeff, who visited us here in Shànghăi 上海 from their home in Leuven, Belgium. During the nine days they spent with us, we took them to see and...
  • Canton 2 weeks ago With the girls in Taiwan yet again, I went away this weekend to Guăngzhōu 广州, China's third largest city with a population of 12 million. Those of an older persuasion probably know it as Canton; in any event, it's the capital of the booming Pearl River Delta region. Getting there was a...
  • Out with the old, in with the new 4 weeks ago My daughter has been taking Go (Ch: 围棋; Jp: 囲碁) lessons ever since we arrived in Shànghăi 上海 almost two years ago. Periodic competitions are held at various locations around the city - if the player wins three games in the allotted amount of time, he or she gets promoted to the next...

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09:30 AM January 27, 2015

excellent insight....

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