While I’m away at the office all day, Bruce has been keeping himself busy by learning how to speak, read, and write Mandarin (that’s his homework above – he wrote it all!). Understandably, Mandarin has a fairly steep learning curve in the beginning with learning characters and speaking in syllables rather than letters and words. He’s committed to several private tutoring classes each week in addition to taking a five-days-a-week course at Sichuan University. One of the major benefits of the immersion into Chinese culture is that we…

So we’ve been away for a few weeks…. OK, like 7.  That’s pretty crappy of us.  However, our intentions have been good and we’ve been drafting blog text on our notes apps but haven’t gotten enough self-motiviation to post any of them to the official site…. …Until now. Are you ready? For the massive wave of blog posts? You may not be ready. We have everything from Shanghai, Bruce speaking Mandarin, and the only redeeming thing about Chongqing,  to a comprehensive evaluation of the bathroom culture in China. Our…

In case you got a nice email with a couple of links to some new blog posts, only to find “page not found” when you clicked the link… you can blame WordPress (our website host). After a brilliant rapid-fire set of three blogs in as many days, they disappeared. poof. gone. Page not found.  No record of them existing on our nihaupt.us administrator site, either…. argh! Luckily, the internet doesn’t forget ANYTHING and I was able to find a cached version of each of them in Google.  Thank…