Returning to your home university after studying abroad is like waking up from a dream. In this dream, you met many new people, saw many strange, new things, and didn't have to attend to some of the normal stresses of everyday life in the modern world. All good things must come to an end, however, … Continue reading Back to Reality
This past weekend, I had the pleasure of visiting Shenzhen and Guangzhou, two fairly large cities in the Guangdong province of Southern China. The trip was very easy and painless, so if you're ever in one of these areas, you might as well take a look around! After taking a direct train from Hong Kong … Continue reading Derping for a while in Southern China
So today I bought a bao zi, a steamed bun filled with pork and other treats. Here's what it looks like if you're not aware: (Image taken from thefreshloaf.com) So I started eating, and then the texture got weird every once in a while, in a way that I could feel on my teeth. I dismissed … Continue reading Not one of my proudest moments
Good tidings, chums. I have come to report on the timeline of feelings you may have during a study abroad trip. Things change much more quickly when everybody knows they have only one semester to enjoy a new place! Easily, what most people will tell you they first feel on a study abroad trip is... … Continue reading The Slowdown
This past weekend I had the opportunity to stay overnight at a local's house in the New Territories, about 2 hours from the university via public transportation. What I expected to be a series of cultural blunders turned out very well! I just hope to be able to pay the family back soon. Friday night, … Continue reading A Westerner in a Chinese Home
Season's eatings everybody! OooOooh! Spooky spooktacular spookiness! Ahem. Anyway, as Halloween passed by, I figured I could share what's going on in the old fragrant harbor of Hong Kong for this holiday. Essentially, Halloween is not much of a thing in Hong Kong. If you're here and you're looking to have some ghoulish fun, you essentially have the following options: … Continue reading Halloween in the Far East!
Hong Kong offers many chances to experience familiar things in a different way. If you like plays, operas, symphonies, movies, paintings, or even pop music, you can always check out whatever may exist in a country you are visiting. Just the other day, I went to see a small orchestra playing here. It was a … Continue reading Appreciating the Arts
This was the standard in Taichung. The city is in central Taiwan. Motorcycles were a common site in our area of Taichung. In fact, my catch phrase for the night was, "Always assume there will be a motorcycle! We will not die here!" Usually they would pass by close enough to touch, so this phrase … Continue reading Taichung Ahoy!
Sightseeing is good fun, but what I enjoy most about Hong Kong is the opportunity to see things being done differently. Each time I run into these things, I usually embarrass myself. However, it has helped me to not take myself too seriously. For instance, apparently the way you place your chopsticks can mean different … Continue reading Weird Differences
I've never left my home country before; this is the first time I have seen a place so unlike my home. One thing that it has made me aware of is that anthropologists have pretty complex jobs. Let's think about the human brain for a second. Done? It's a bit complicated. We hardly know what … Continue reading Anthropologists have it Rough