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Personal blog of Megan Eaves, professional travel writer, avid traveler, explorer, teacher and free spirit. She lives in Lishui, China, teaches high school English and writes a lot. This is her blog about the craziness of life in small-town China.

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  • a usa top 8 list
    on Aug 30, 2009
    i am a crab. i am so crabby about the united states it’s not even funny. despite a more or less wonderful trip to the US this past month, i still have not a good word to lay down about it and am constantly compelled to complain about the place. in...
  • heading ‘home’
    on Jul 26, 2009
    i’ve grown to like lishui over the past four and a half months that we’ve been here. in fact, it seems like longer. china always seems that way to me. time passes both slower and much faster when you’re in a country with so much activity, noise...
  • summer means chinglish
    on Jul 7, 2009
    it’s officially summer, which means we are officially on standby doing nothing until the 27th of july. it’s also officially hot - the accuweather widget on my macbook says 33°C which, at 66% humidity (light for this area) equates to a “real fe...
  • my published book!
    on Jun 24, 2009
    finally. my book is available. for purchase and for download as an ebook. i never thought i would see the day. let me tell you a little story.in late 2006, i was on a bus ride between anji and hangzhou when i had the lightning bolt. there was a man b...
  • on squat toilets...
    on Jun 21, 2009
    i’ve written a lot about life in china, but i’ve never blogged about the one thing that is the scariest to most westerners: the squat toilet. of course, in something like 75% of the world’s countries, squatters are the norm and, according to th...
  • flashing back
    on Jun 19, 2009
    16:59 pm. 36° and i am more or less melting. the “bells” have just sounded for the last day of this semester’s classes. ok, actually that’s not true. first of all, they aren’t bells so much as snippets of awful songs, and second of all, th...
  • that’s alotta rain!
    on Jun 9, 2009
    it has been raining like this for hours with no sign of relenting. i know i’m a desert rat, but i have spent an awful lot of time in rainy ireland. still, i’ll never get used to rain that just won’t quit.
  • what i learned today - part 2 in a series
    on Jun 7, 2009
    where did we lose our innocence?i am a lazy teacher and i like to show movies. of course, not every week, but i’ve discovered a decent system that consists of one week lesson, one week homework (speech from each student) and one week movie. this se...
  • the new walmart
    on May 15, 2009
    lishui has a new walmart. in fact, it is apparently a walmart that has been under construction for at least 15 months. possibly longer. bill and i were in ningbo the saturday that the walmart opened, so we (thankfully) missed out on opening day. but...
  • what i learned today - part 1 in a series
    on Apr 28, 2009
    what i learned from my students today.first, and most importantly, i learned how to say "i'm going to take a big dump" in chinese. that's right. as in poo. a boy approached me - a very exuberent boy, who, mixing chinese with his english, said excited...
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