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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  • Places strangely familiar (Part Deux) 4 days ago The girls enjoy a Sunday morning breakfast on the streets of Gŭlàng Yŭ 鼓浪屿Off to see the tŭlóu 土楼, those multistory mud citadels home to the Hakka 客家 people of southwestern Fújiàn Province 福建省. Coming in shapes that are round, square or rectangular, they serve has...
  • Places strangely familiar (Part 1) 1 week ago With the end coming into sight on our tour in China, we've been trying to make good use of those three-day American holiday weekends to see as much of this country as we can before it's time to move on. This past weekend being the occasion of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s birthday, we flew last...
  • A new year in a familiar place 3 weeks ago With my wife and daughter back in Taiwan preparing for my father-in-law's funeral, and having finally caught up with (most of) my workload by staying late on Friday, I took time off this weekend to get away from Shànghăi 上海 and pay a return visit to Hángzhōu 杭州 (you can read about our...
  • A new year approaching... 1 month ago It hasn't been the merriest of Christmases this year. The death of my father-in-law has dampened everyone's enthusiasm for the holiday, and his passing away meant we couldn't go away this weekend as planned. With nothing else to do, I went to the office on Saturday hoping to wade through some of...
  • Boxing Day on the heights of Shanghai - return to Sheshan 1 month ago Christmas this year has certainly been a time of mixed emotions. Yesterday's present openings went well, with our eight year-old satisfied with the gifts she received. However, we learned later in the morning of a death in the family, the news of which has struck particularly close to home for my...

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09:30 AM January 27, 2015

excellent insight....

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