The Arts and Everything Else

This has been an interesting, and at times challenging period in my life. Having finished writing my Thesis last December, I decided to take some well earned time off. Time off for me meant traveling, literally, to the other side of the Earth. Exhausted from the bear that is writing, I needed to take some … Continue reading The Arts and Everything Else

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Tombs of Xian

Board a plane at 8am wednesday morning, fly 1 hour and 30 minutes to Xian, spend 3 hours touring the terra-cotta warriors, board a plane at 6:10pm and fly back to Beijing.  Sound like a crazy idea?  Maybe, but I did it anyway.  I woke up at a completely uncivilized hour of the morning wednesday … Continue reading Tombs of Xian

The Life of Things

It's strange to be around things that are so very old.  For the majority of my days I live in a modern house, with modern conveniences.  Hot water, weekly massages, air filters to ward off the polluted air, a driver takes me where I need to go, it's all very cushy.  But then I spend … Continue reading The Life of Things

Oh, to Live in a Palace

The Summer Palace, I think this may become my favorite place to visit in Beijing.  It's still winterish here (we got snow last night) so things are just starting to come alive again, but nonetheless the Summer Palace is beautiful.  There was a sort of lonely solitude that accompanied the place.  It's not exactly a … Continue reading Oh, to Live in a Palace