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  • heart disease and the chinese health system
    on May 28, 2010 in medical visit healthcare china
    Today I had my first encounter with the Chinese healthcare system. In order to get my visa extended, and in order for China to exert its endless bureaucracy and make a quick buck, I had to get a medical examination at this international health center...
  • dance like...the chairman is watching?
    on May 26, 2010 in dancing culture friends china
    I’ve been dancing. There’s this Swedish art gallery/café downtown where many of my girlfriends take class on Wednesday nights. Most of them are talented, and I watch with envy as the music transforms their lithe bodies. I am not. I haven’t ta...
  • raindrops keep fallin' on my head...
    on May 24, 2010 in culture china food
    Or some kind of mysterious liquid, that is. For some reason, walking on the sidewalks here is an invitation to get splashed -- water, toothbrush juice, urine, who knows—falling from an unidentified location above. Also, Chinese babies pee in the st...
  • el supermercado
    on May 22, 2010 in market china language
    The title of this post is in reference to the fact that, given my lack of Chinese, I find myself trying to speak broken Spanish to everyone here. I guess it's my default travel language in the Western world, but honestly, explaining to a Chinese frui...
  • donde el crepusculo corre borrando estatuasMy favorite time of day here is twilight. The streets awash in a buttery light, the sidewalks and shops bustle with parents and children returning home. In my apartment complex, a calm missing from the rest of the day settles over the courtyard: grey...
  • joyful, joyful we adore thee
    on May 19, 2010 in nutrition china children
           Today was my first day visiting one of the kindergartens (read: glorified daycare centers) where I will be doing my research. First of all, let me say that I'd kind of like to live in one of these places. Far larger and mor...
  • every day you play with the light of the universe
    on May 17, 2010
    Juegas todos los dias con la luz del universe. This line, which I have always loved, speaks to me of my mornings here in Kunming. I don’t sleep well here, which is no surprise, after a year of little sleep and even less rest. My sleeplessness is di...
  • slip and fall down slowly
    on May 16, 2010 in travel going out china
    I’m even clumsier in China than I am at home. Shocking, I know. Uneven surfaces, ancient sandals, and an inherent lack of grace have conspired to leave me stumbling or flat-out falling every few hundred yards or so. Luckily, China has removed any...
  • nihao, kunming
    on May 14, 2010 in travel china
    Well, I’ve only been in China a few hours and yet there’s so much to tell I don’t know where to start. Traveling was an absolute nightmare, starting with my trip in Cleveland, which was delayed b/c of fog at JFK. Imagine this scene: once I fina...
  • nothing ventured, nothing won
    on May 10, 2010 in travel china
    "And then supposing the Spirit has conquered and you have done this impossible thing, do you find afterwards that you possess yourself in a sense that you never had before? That there is more of you?…So it is throughout life…you know ‘nothing v...
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