My dad came to visit for 10 days, first coming to Chengdu where we hung out with Pandas and other celebrities, before heading to Shanghai to marvel at Better City, Better Lights…
Just a few short (ish) observations on contact solution, food, standardization, counting to 10….
Quick quiz: Does time go up or down?
I generally think of time moving, well, clockwise. Or maybe forward. But not down.
But in China, the way you say “next” is basically to say “the lower one.” Next week = the down week. Last week = the up week. It’s like they are walking down some great mountain of antiquity. Continue reading
First, let’s talk about how I was attacked from above by parachuting wine advertisers while I was cutting class to promote Virgin soda…
Ni hao from Chengdu, the quite pretty tree-lined capital of Sichuan. I’m studying Mandarin starting on Monday at the Southwestern University of Finance and Economics. There’s a lot to learn, but I should be fluent in a few days 🙂
Since I have a tendency to drone on and on in emails, I’ll share some initial impressions Chinese style — in numbered outline form:
(1) It’s really smoggy here. You can never see Continue reading