I just figured out how to reply to comments on this blog.  Heyyyyyyyy.

Oh, and I’m going to Beijing this weekend and Hong Kong next week!  Why yes I am very excited.

In Tongli

Gāo (Gāutall, high

Xìng (Shìngn. interest, desire to do something; v. prosper, flourish

高兴 Gāo xìng (Gāu-shìnghappy

高兴一点 Gāo xìng yì diǎn(Gāu-shìng ì-diěnBe happy

你想跳舞吗?Nǐ xiǎng tiào wǔ ma (Nǐ shiǎng tiòw-wǔ ma) Would you like to dance?

Xíng (Shíng) OK

不行! Bú xíng (shíng) No way!

你的眼睛很美 Nǐ de yǎn jing hěn měi (Nǐ-duh yiěn-ging hǔn měi) You have beautiful eyes

我爱你! Wǒ ài nǐ (Wǒ ài nǐ) I love you!

不要管我! Bú yào guǎn wǒ (Bú yòw guǎn wǒ) Leave me alone!

Baby by the Bund, Shanghai

“I learned that most of the people you meet on your travels will be just as excruciatingly bland as the people you know on the other side of the ocean. They certainly won’t offer you any earth-shattering insights into the meaning of life, but maybe like five of them will be pretty amazing even without that information… Ultimately, my travels only ever reinforced what I already knew. People are pretty much the same everywhere. Yeah this guy grew up without any shoes and his roommates are goats, but he still just wants to get a girlfriend and make enough money to buy himself a popsicle every so often.” (Traveling to Europe Didn’t Change My Life)

  • Most of you probably know that I’m not always good at communicating from a distance and I usually heavily rely on social networking sites.  This has been especially true while I’ve been away from school and NY for the better part of this past year.  Without access to a lot of my usual sites I’m trying to improve my e-mail skills.  What I’m trying to say is expect some long overdue answered e-mails and a few new ones soon.
  • St. Patrick’s Day is a lot of fun when you’re in Shanghai and you go to the biggest Irish pub in the city.
  • Traveling to Nanjing the day after St. Patties is also a good idea, though traveling with almost a dozen people is not easy.  Especially when you don’t book the hostel before arriving in the city.  Still, it’s worth it when your roommate makes friends with a local DJ after spending the day at the Ming Tombs.
  • This is an interesting article about Wang Jianhua one of the victims in the bus crash that happened in NY fairly recently.  He had been working as a delivery man in Kips Bay after leaving Fujian Province.  The article discusses his life story, his reasons for leaving China, how he lived once he arrived in America, and the family he was working to support.

A snack from Nanjing.

This black corn on the cob was being sold for 5 RMB near 中山 in Nanjing.  Like a lot of things I buy solely based on looks, it wasn’t that great.  It may be because it wasn’t properly prepared but the result was rubbery and tasteless.  This has nothing on mystery meat on a stick.

Nanjing, China

View from the top steps leading up to Sun Yat-Sen's Mausoleum/Memorial in Nanjing, China

Leaving in a minute. Will have even less internet access than usual.