Sushi

I have officially learned how to make sushi.  I think there should be some kind of gold medal awarded at the end of the night because let me tell you folks, it’s pretty tough.  The seaweed wrappers are super easy to tear and they call it sticky-rice for a reason.  I had so much fun…

I haven’t used these since Elementary School

I bought some flash cards in the baby aisle at Carrefore today.  They are for ages 3 and up… so that’s the level that I’m on.  Oh well, it’s a starting point, right? I’m starting with the first 25 words which include how to count to ten and baby body parts complete with pictures of…

This is Home

It’s been a while since I’ve just sat down and reflected on my time here in China.  They say home is where the heart is, or home is where you hang your hat.  Either way, I feel like I’m home.  I have good friends, and my students are smart and hardworking.  I’m working at a…

Kaila Swims with man-eating fish

Remember the fish pedicure? Well Kaila decided to do that, only with her whole body. We were at the hot springs and each spring has a different smell or thing in it. This is the fish one, with thousands of tiny guppy-like fish that eat the dead skin off of you. I loved seeing Kaila…

Swimming in Coffee

Well not really coffee, but a coffee infused hot spring.  Jim and Kaila took Tammy and I to the hot springs this week.  It was amazing.  You get your own locker complete with as many fresh towels as you want followed by slippers so you don’t have to walk around bare-foot.  Each individual hot spring…

What is a Blind Massage?

So Benjamin was back in town last week and staying with me.  A few friends including Jenny, Phred, Andrew were planning to go to this new place they found that had massages for 40quai (a pretty good deal for a one hour massage), so Benjamin and I tagged along.  We took the Metro clear across…

The Big Night

Well, Halloween has come and gone.  Tammy organized a Halloween Extravaganza at her school this weekend complete with face painting, balloon animals, trick-or-treating and a Haunted House.  It was so much fun and meant a lot to the university students who had never in their lives celebrated Halloween… can you imagine? Here is a picture…