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Mature Vinegar &Dumplings

I live in Dafen ‘Oil Painting Village.’ I often remark to David what fun it is to live here because we’re ‘surrounded’ by art–supplies, paint, brushes, finished art, trashed art, defaced art, copy art, art. To which David scoffs because … Continue reading

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House of Steamed Buns & the best Guard Ever

This past January I decided to rent a room with one of my students’ families. I approached an agent, said, ‘I want the cheapest, smallest flat,’ they could offer. We strode through a village, a bridge away from my school. … Continue reading

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Plumbers

A few times a week David and I go to his parents for dinner. We leave Dafen and cross two footbridges, a plaza, a government center, a metro station, and walk up a steep hill to arrive at his parents … Continue reading

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A Mother’s Blood-curdling cries in a Silent Village

Today began like every Wednesday. I woke up early — so I could lay around and read the news, snuggle a little longer– before a day met. Washed my face/tidied the hair. Did a full-length mirror check. — Below me … Continue reading

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Fifteen Means of Transport.

-Eight Day Holiday- -Four days spent in another province/another city — Guilin. Guilin is ~350 miles from Shenzhen. Two days were spent on transportation alone. 1. Shenzhen – Guilin: We arrived at our bus station twenty minutes before departure–8:20PM. We … Continue reading

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Twelve Hours on a Farm

We ascended the bus and I was awestruck. Faces stared in bewilderment both ours and theirs/sized each other up/sized each other down. Faces were: leathery weathered wrinkled tanned all smiles twinkling eyes gorgeous teeth bearded At first sitting, a little … Continue reading

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Two Years Gone — Memory

Exhaustion has taken hold. I barely have enough time for myself anymore, much less a social life. I teach seven more classes this year than I did last year, which is a lot. It still amounts to 15 hours a … Continue reading

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Cabbage Wheel Adventure

Today I ventured into my village located across from my school. My goal was to buy the last necessities my flat is lacking. A very sweet lady sold me the following: 50’s Pink Nightstand Small wooden stool [looks ancient] [I … Continue reading

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‘It’s too late, Baby’

4.5 weeks away to leaving all this behind. I am ready…at the same time I feel bittersweet symphonies. I decided to walk to school today and walk home. Something I have not done in a while. Yesterday when I entered … Continue reading

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Women’s Day Out

Last week a teacher said they are having a women’s day celebration. I later spoke with my friend Danielle and she confirmed that I would need my passport and bathing suit. She also said we would be spending the night. … Continue reading

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