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{ Monthly Archives } September 2007

Mid-Autumn Festival

The first week of October is the mid-autumn festival here in China. For us, this means five days off work! We decided that it’s about time we saw some more of the country–something not in our immediate area. We settled on Inner Mongolia. We’ve been looking into getting jobs in Hohhot (the capital) next year […]

Brewing in China

I don’t know if we mentioned this before, but we’ve been continuing our homebrewing hobby in China. Our first experiment started last December. We took some supermarket honey and some bread yeast and brewed it into a rudimentary mead. We used 2.5L soda bottles as our carboys, and a loose screw-on top as our “airlock”. […]

Wipha Whiffs!

Well, that was a lot of buildup for nothing. Typhoon Wipha basically evaporated before it got anywhere near us. It did some damage in Taiwan and along the coast, but we didn’t get anything more than some fairly heavy rain. Now it’s blue sky.

Typhoon Wipha

Tomorrow should be interesting. Typhoon Wipha, currently a Class 4 Typhoon, is headed towards China. It should make landfall a few hours south of Shanghai, in the early morning tomorrow. They’re evacuating over a million people from parts of Shanghai and other cities; they’re anticipating it being the most destructive storm in a decade. Current […]


Short note – we finally got Skype up and running. You can talk to us; our username is samandnichole. Hope to hear from you! Edit: FYI, Skype is a program that works as both an instant messenger and an internet telephone. It’s free to download and use. Once you have Skype installed, you can either […]

The Leg

Ever since I broke my leg, I’ve been on a steady progression of aids – we’ve gone from wheelchair to crutches to cane. Yesterday was my fist completely cane-free day. I’ve been using the cane for about a month, and I’ve been trying to cut down how much I use it. Yesterday was an experiment, […]