The Unraveled Teacher

The Quest for the Perfect Doormat

You don’t know what you’re going to miss from home until you’ve left home to go live in some other country. Right now, I’d love nothing more than to go to Target and buy a nice doormat made of that tough bristled stuff for our front door. Those things are wonderful. I’ve spent about two… Continue reading The Quest for the Perfect Doormat

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Halloween Costume Shopping in China

October is here, the cooler air is (finally) rolling in, but I still don’t know if I can order a pumpkin spice latte at 星巴克。 We are officially on the hunt for that perfect Halloween costume. Most Halloween junk sold back in the States in made here in China, so if you know where to… Continue reading Halloween Costume Shopping in China

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Shanghai’s Flower, Bird, and Insect Market

Visiting Shanghai during Golden Week meant sharing views of the Bund with nearly all of China’s 1.5 billion people. It was like Walmart on Christmas Eve over there. There were lines of cops everywhere with megaphones trying hopelessly to create order in a sea of chaos. But, it wouldn’t be China if you weren’t being… Continue reading Shanghai’s Flower, Bird, and Insect Market