Category Archives: Expat Living

The Case of the Disappearing Driver

“People our age haven’t seen this much snow here our whole lives!” our Chinese Sign Language teacher said. Sure enough a Chinese teacher later sent us an article saying it was a record snowfall. The pictures I posted of the … Continue reading

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Now I get it OR Completely Normal After All

The different acceptable and expected ways of doing things from culture to culture are so complex.  Often there are things that one culture does that seem very foreign to someone from another culture.  Sometimes, it seems something is done so … Continue reading

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Let’s not be rude!

We were watching the buses come out of the side street, trying to time our family’s position so that we would be among those able to get on the bus.  Sound simple?  Maybe I should explain…When the bus pulled up we ran/walked/pushed/shouldered/eyes … Continue reading

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Where’s my place in line?

When we need to see a doctor we go to 红十字医院 The Red Cross Hospital which isn’t affiliated with Red Cross. This is old news from three years ago, but there are interesting cultural differences going to the doctor here and … Continue reading

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Red Hills and Spotted Yak

Some friends loaned us their car and we enjoyed an overnight trip to see a National Geopark about an hour and a half from where we live.  Mom and Dad wanted to know what it looked like, so here are … Continue reading

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2015 CNY #5

Here are more decorations from Xining Square.  The fish is symbolic for prosperity.  I see it every year at Chinese New Year and really loved the whole ocean theme they added this year 🙂  The tallest pillars in the pictures … Continue reading

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Creative Sledding

Who knew an oven baking sheet would make such a great sled!

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