Clothes and Time

Second semester at site is zipping by. Somehow, it’s already May and I’ve had to pack up all of my (three) sweaters. Swapping wardrobes makes the passage of time more real than simply watching the date on my phone change. I went to the Peace Corps office a few days ago for what was meant…

A Series of Stops and Starts

Everyone has their own pre-travel rituals. Some people make lists, others frantically pack in the last hour before departure. Me? I sew. There’s nothing like the immovable deadline of an 8:00 AM departure to spur on creativity. On the night before New Year’s Eve, I found myself sitting on my couch hemming a new pair…

Holiday Edition: Part Two

Chanukah, Christmas, and Dōngzhì all fell on top of each other this year. So I had a fun week and a half of celebrations to help lift the mood during the dark winter days at the end of the semester. First up was Chanukah. Because Judaism isn’t an approved religion in China, I wasn’t comfortable…

Holiday Edition: Part One

Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday. There are no presents, no costumes, no religion—it’s only about food and spending time with people you like. This year, of course, I live in a country that doesn’t have turkey or brussel sprouts, surrounded by people I can’t always find a common language to use to speak to. This…