The Guangxi province was one of the top places on our “must visit” list when we came to China. We originally aspired to take a full week in the area to visit Yangshuo’s dramatic karst landscapes, as well as the nearby Dragon’s Backbone Longsheng Rice Terraces outside of Guilin. Too many places to go to and too little time… one long weekend would have to do with just a half day in the rice terraces.   If we could go back to the rice terraces, we’d definitely want to spend…

I’ve been considering this post for a while, but given the content I’ve held off. However I realize that there are certain things that unite all of humanity in weird ways and using a toilet is one of them. It’s also a place I’ve noticed some of the biggest cultural differences over the last six months. Odd, I know. Though I think it’s worth sharing. Firstly, the potties may be squatty, but at least you generally have privacy. Though you have to squat over a porcelain hole in the…

Note: This is a repost of the Wide Load- Incredible Photographs Of Overloaded Vehicles In China article posted by Victoria Casal-Data. I figured you all might find it entertaining (it is to me – and we totally see this all the time!). Overloading, as you can clearly see, is a serious problem in China; about 80 percent of trucks (or any means of transportation used to transport goods) are overloaded. These vehicles have been damaging the country’s already-crumbling highways and they have been the cause of collapsed bridges in the…

I’ve posted a few things about ‘oddities’ we’ve experienced while living in China.  Now that four months have officially passed, we’ve come up with a new list of things.  The ones below are all food-related, but we have others, which may make the cut into another post in the near future. These fall squarely into the “Not Weird, Just Different” category.  Some are good, some are maybe not as good. Other things are little differences, some of which I will likely miss when we find our way to…

I know, the label even says “Zucchini”.  But they’re not. These are cucumbers. I’ve done this twice now- TWICE I’ve bought cucumbers, thinking they were zucchini.  Oh, the trials and tribulations of living in a foreign country. The first time was when we were having some work colleagues over for dinner.  They are Chinese and I was trying to bust out my wicked kitchen skillz moves with the goal of cooking Chinese food for our new Chinese friends.  Luckily, I own the Chinese cookbook equivalent of the Julia…