Archive for July, 2013

Breakfast in China

July 31, 2013 | 2 Comments

I know I go on and on about the heat, but folks, 104 degrees and hella humid ain’t nothin’ to sneeze at, especially when A/C is sparse and unpredictable. The heat affects everything we do here in Shanghai. We are slow and dull-witted, no, wait, I think we were like that back in the States, too. Seriously–when you can barely navigate a place because the language is so different, it’s important to know how to stay cool and hydrated, and sometimes these basic necessities can be difficult to negotiate. My … More »

China Hot

July 28, 2013 | 2 Comments

It’s 3pm and 100 degrees in Shanghai. I haven’t felt the heat, though, because I’ve been in my hotel room all day. I got the sniffles last night in People’s Park, and by 10pm my head was aching. Oh, what a rough night. I’ve slept all day except for eating and drinking. My sweetie says colds in China only last three days. Let’s hope he’s right.

Shanghai, oh Shanghai. This is what I thought China would be like. Yes, Wuhan was busy and dirty and strange, but Shanghai feels like … More »

China Stories and Conversation

July 24, 2013 | 6 Comments

Starbucks has saved me again. It’s going to be a punishing walk back to my hotel–only 11am, and it’s already 95 degrees and very humid, but oh, I do love this coffee shop. I’m sitting by the back door, which has a ramp leading to nearby stores and restaurants. Cars and electric motorbikes drive up this ramp every few minutes. Just now, a bike with a red delivery box on the back motored by. It was a McDonald’s delivery bike. Yes, McDonald’s delivers in China. And Chinese Pizza Hut is … More »

Critical Thinking in China

July 22, 2013 | 4 Comments

It’s going to be a hot one here in Wuhan. I’m back at Figaro’s because Starbucks was just too far to walk this morning. Also, I’ve got to be back on campus at noon–one of our Chinese hosts is going to bring me to buy new glasses at lunch time. Mine are several years old, and the price for an exam and new pair of glasses here is about $50.00. I’m in.

I had quite a weekend. Thanks for all of the sweet comments about that last post. Yes, it … More »

Starbucks China Style

July 19, 2013 | 3 Comments

Ah, at last a real coffee shop. I don’t drink coffee, but I do love what a coffee shop gives me–wifi, upbeat background music, a little table, and the buzz of intellectual activity. Thank you, thank you China and Starbucks. I think I actually sighed when the barista asked if I wanted English Breakfast or Earl Grey. I would be embarrassed if I weren’t so happy.

The people sitting around me are committed–by local standards, Starbucks is expensive. I’m at a little cafe table with the wall to my back, … More »