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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  • 比利时 here we come! 3 days ago We're off to Belgium for the next ten days for a little R&R and to visit an old friend and his charming wife. I'm planning to drink a lot of these...:http://www.nytimes.com/2010/02/24/dining/reviews/24wine.html?pagewanted=all...and to eat a lot of...
  • Laboring in Xi'an - Part 3 2 weeks ago Our last day in Xī'ān 西安 was an abbreviated one as we had a 2:30 return flight to Shànghăi 上海 to catch. Making the best use of the limited time we had and using the services of the same taxi driver that we had hired the previous day to take us out to see the Army of Terracotta...
  • Laboring in Xi'an - Part 2: Terracotta Warriors 2 weeks ago My daughter poses by one of her favorite artworks in the hallway of the Sofitel HotelThe Army of Terracotta Warriors 兵马佣: of course you know what I'm talking about. Who hasn't heard of the Terracotta Army, those 8000 statues that stood guard of the tomb of the first emperor of China, the...
  • Laboring in Xi'an - Part 1 2 weeks ago The Bell Tower 钟楼Xī'ān 西安 - a city once known as Cháng'ān 长安, back in the days when it was the terminus of the fabled Silk Road and one of the Four Great Ancient Capitals of China. Nowadays, Xi'an is a provincial capital home to 6.5 million people, and is like many Chinese cities...
  • The other Shanghai? 1 month ago Mention Shànghăi 上海, and the first images that probably come to mind are those of the Bund 外滩 and its spectacular waterfront; the futuristic skyline of the Pŭdōng 浦东 area; or the Western-style residences lining the leafy streets of the French Concession 上海法租界. But minus...

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