A Curmudgeon Back Home

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Enthusiastically jaded observations and occasional rants by an expatriate.
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  • On the West Lake (part 2) 1 week ago The West Lake 西湖 in Hángzhōu 杭州 may have been celebrated through the centuries by Chinese emperors and poets, but on Sunday it was difficult to see what all the fuss was about. Literally, for the previous night's drizzle combined with the day's haze to dull the skies over China's most...
  • On the West Lake (Part 1) 1 week ago Lonely Planet describes it as "The very definition of classical beauty in China..With history heavily repackaged, it's not that authentic - not by a long shot - but it's still a grade-A cover version of classical China." The place in question is China's fabled West Lake 西湖, a must-see for...
  • In remembrance 2 weeks ago Depending on which part of the Western world you hail from, today is Veterans Day, Armistice Day or Remembrance Day. Which explains why there seemed to be a lot of expats dressed in casual clothes walking around the neighborhood this Tuesday morning and afternoon. While my daughter went to school...
  • Carpe diem 1 month 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 month 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....

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