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Days until I am State-side once more. I cleaned, packed, and left my apartment today. In two weeks' time I will no longer be an expat, an American living abroad. I will be an American living in her own country. The United States of America. Whoopee... It's quite funny to me how these tiny little …

Nothing Like Negatives

I thought I was ready for the cold. I was excited for it really. Even stepping off of the sweltering plane I found the already negative temperatures refreshing. I thought, "I'm a hardy traveler ready to brave anything." Then I thought again. Harbin is cold. Colder than anywhere I've ever been in my life. The …

Wells Run Deep

Every now and again my mother espouses wisdom that could challenge the musings of the greatest philosopher. I told her she should just make her own blog, but I think she enjoys tossing me a bone for my own more. Bless her. Then again...maybe I'm the only one that sees it as wisdom? Anyway, this …

Still Half Full

Things have calmed down lately in light of my PhD class ending, but only marginally. In the meantime I've been able to do things, like cook...and contemplate something other than basin climates, like where I'm going in January. Having said that, I've successfully added something else to my fictional "Pinterest Fails" board. I proudly present: …