An Ex-Pat Thanksgiving

Thursday, November 25th, 2010

As an ex-pat, I usually find Thanksgiving sneaking up on me with no fanfare and little notice. This year, I knew the holiday was coming, not because of any grand plans but because we were trying to schedule meetings with the office in Houston and were forced to work around the holiday. So the holiday […]

Finally a New Hair Dryer

Wednesday, April 21st, 2010

Last weekend Lucas and I went to the annual Elektrofil electronics fair, and I made a major new purchase: A hair dryer. I’m not sure if it says more about my frugal nature or my disinterest in fashion and beauty, but since moving overseas nearly five years ago, I’ve been using a little dual-voltage travel […]

Little Things: Change Goes Unnoticed

Friday, March 20th, 2009

It’s been a long time since I’ve had one of those ex-pat moments, when something random makes me realize just how different life is here.  Today I had one of those moments, and strangely enough it made me feel extremely uneasy. What was this semi-life-altering moment you ask? I realized that there’s a new major […]

Doing My Civic Duty

Thursday, May 22nd, 2008

Sunday was another cold day in Oslo, but we braved the weather and headed across the street to the park so that I could do more of my part in the American election process. Thanks to the online Democtraic Global Primary, I’ve already voted in the first round of elections.  Despite being in India at […]

Eww, Paris… Ah, Paris…

Saturday, September 15th, 2007

I just got back from a week in Paris for a training course (I know, poor me), and it made me realize how much I like Oslo.  After just a few hours in the city, I felt like it was too big, too spread out, and too hard to get around.  I missed the green […]

ContinentHell Airlines

Monday, July 16th, 2007

Why flying Continental from Oslo is Out of my travel plans Back in Beijing, just about everyone knew the US flight schedules by heart. So few carriers connected Beijing with North America (preferring the more commercial Shanghai instead) that it was easy to keep track of the options. This has been changing lately as US […]

Arrivederci, World Cup!

Monday, July 10th, 2006

For the first time in weeks, I can finally start getting back to my normal sleeping schedule. Since the World Cup started last month, it’s been an endless stream of late nights as we tried to take in as many games as possible. Unfortunately, due to those troublesome time zone issues, the final matches all […]

A Few Treats from Imagethief

Monday, January 23rd, 2006

As a follow-up to the post below, extolling the fantastic blog of Imagethief, I’m posting links to a few of my favorite recent Imagethief offerings: Chinese Restaurant Calculation Made Easy A wonderful essay on ordering dishes at a restaurant. It will hit all too close to home for anyone in China, and for those of […]

Sadly Out of Touch

Tuesday, January 10th, 2006

While I swapped files and did other menial, brainless tasks at work today, I ended up catching up on a lot of the popular China and Beijing blogs (like those in that list over there), and it really struck me that we (the Austin transplants) live in a very isolated bubble over here. I think […]

The Joy of Cooking

Thursday, December 1st, 2005

The Limitations to Making Food in Beijing  A few weeks ago, we hit one of the major milestones for living in a new country – we cooked dinner at home! We’ve been here for a month and a half, and we have cooked at home once. I’m not counting cereal with milk or just-add-water noodle […]