Monthly Archives: June 2014

Beijing Videos

Jesse and I loved Beijing–except the part where I got dreadfully ill there. But everything else… In fact, after we parted ways from the students, we went back to Beijing to see more of it. There’s nothing quite like Beijing: the intersection of history and modernity, the capital of one of the most impressive and […]

Forbidden City in Beijing, China


Shanghai Videos

This trip was my first time to Shanghai, and I immediately fell in love with the city. Here’s our first day in Shanghai (along with the pearl market we visited on the way out of Suzhou):   Exploring and planning out our solo trip around China in the gorgeous Cafe Dan in the Tianzifang area of Shanghai: […]

Our Time in Nanjing

The month we spent in Nanjing certainly had its challenges: when we arrived, I was just recovering from my illness, and Jesse came down with his. The university dorms we were housed in weren’t exactly the cleanest–but once we found the local variation of Walmart and bought cleaning supplies, that was solved fairly quickly. And […]

Nanjing, China


Making Chinese Guards Angry

I couldn’t resist. The water was too pretty. The sun was too warm. I jumped in, even though I wasn’t exactly supposed to (though, to my defense, our tour guide did say that plenty of people swam there even though they weren’t supposed to–there was a precedent). And, okay, yes, I did make the Chinese guards […]