Thursday, July 29, 2010

Brief Discourse on Liberty

“We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness. That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed...”

Not sure that I have much to say right now but I absolutely will later.

Turns out that the same thing kids use to look at YouTube in school is equally effective in other places.

Wednesday, July 28, 2010

The sun sets on the Northeast provinces around six but not on me.

I’m not done with Beijing yet.

We left our protagonist in a state of confusion and regret. After almost causing an international incident, the mood was grim and the hazy skies of Beijing were no comfort to a man wrestling with his own demons. The world seemed darker but surely the light persisted somewhere in the shadows. Where could this boy pretending to be a man find hope once again?

Probably not at the silk factory that I ended up stuck at for the afternoon.

Sunday, July 25, 2010

I questioned myself in Beijing.

Remember that time I lied about updating my blog in just a few days? Well, most of our parents lied to us for years about Santa Claus and if you forgave them for that then surely you can forgive me for this. 

In my defense, I was very busy in Beijing (as you’ll soon find out) and when we haven’t been on the move since then I’ve been diligently working on curriculum that will enhance the lives of children and be awesome.

You parents, on the other hand, lied to you about a magic person who broke into your house after flying around the world because he wanted to give you presents that had been made by freaking elves. And there was a strong possibility that this man was Tim Allen.

Saturday, July 17, 2010

Xi'an rocked my socks off.

Having been outside of the country for almost three weeks with near constant supervision and direction as to what I should see and how to not get stabbed pretty much makes me the foremost expert on travel. Thus I am prepared to share my wisdom with you. We’ll start with what you need for survival when you’re exploring China.

Tuesday, July 13, 2010

I am the panda whisperer.

What’s awesome and way behind on blog posts because of laziness and a computer battery that unfortunately doesn’t last very long for the free time that only seems to present itself while aboard overnight trains?

Also, it has two thumbs and likes to wear panda gear.

Friday, July 9, 2010

My taste buds will miss Sichuan. My intestines could not care less.

Have I told you that I love you lately? I might not have, but surely you know how profoundly I feel by now. I wouldn’t be so concerned about updating this blog if I didn’t love you.

If not for my love, I wouldn’t be slaving over this computer while I’m stuck in an uncomfortably hot room, on an awkwardly firm bed, and frequently dashing to the bathroom thanks to eating really really great but spicy food from the Sichuan province. The food is delicious – the best I’ve had in China yet – but it can ravage a digestive system and really create havoc to say the least!! Kind of makes you wonder what I had to eat. Right?

You should also know I love you because I only talk about things like this with people I really and truly love. Pictures after the jump!

Tuesday, July 6, 2010

In two days, I felt like I spent two weeks in the Guangxi region....

I feel like it has been over a week since my last update. I was sitting on my bed in the hotel, uploading and organizing photos from today’s events, when I realized that I had posted to my blog from Hong Kong only three days ago. I felt guilty for having not updated but that revelation just made me realize that you’re expecting way too much from me. You should be ashamed of the pressure you’re putting on me and for never telling me how pretty I am anymore.

Anyway, I feel like it was weeks ago that I was crying at my sister’s wedding like a baby that had been punched in the face. We’ve done and seen so much in the past few days that I can’t believe I’ll still be here for a few more weeks. I may be out of clean clothes and have already gained a reputation as the most willing/likely to do stupid things but I’m pumped to see what else China can dish out.