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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  • Carpe diem 1 week ago We hadn’t planned on going out on Saturday. My daughter had a swimming meet at her school in the morning and then she was supposed to go to her Go class in the afternoon. In addition, there was a work-related picnic that same afternoon that I was trying to figure a way to pencil in to an already...
  • Recovering from Huangshan 1 week ago The day after making the descent from the summit of Huángshān 黄山, my wife and I were both paying the price, physically speaking (Pamela more so than me). Our daughter, of course, wasn't feeling any ill effects from the five-hour, 15-kilometer (9.3 miles) walk and was her usual 元気 self....
  • Huangshan - the Descent 1 week ago Walking down a mountain is easier than walking up a mountain, right? The fog was thick and heavy on Monday morning (Columbus Day) on the summit of Huángshān 黄山, one of the most famous mountains in China. The atmospheric conditions had already put paid to my wife's idea of waking up before...
  • Huangshan - the Ascent 2 weeks ago Finally. After more than a year here in China, I was at last able to climb a mountain. There's a lot to like about living in Shànghăi 上海, but the city is virtually as flat as the proverbial pancake, with the highest "mountain" being a hill barely a hundred meters in height (and dwarfed by...
  • Belgium trip - the last day 3 weeks ago It isn't easy shopping in Europe on a Sunday. Many stores are closed on the Sabbath and the streets can be eerily quiet, something that my Taiwan-born spouse sometimes found difficult to understand:But there is hope for those in need of some retail therapy. Jeff took us on a long walk to a street...

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