Author: Liam

  • Back in the US

    Well…it was an interesting journey. I’m not sure if I got everything I wanted out of it. But I met a lot of interesting people. And now I have mastered using chopsticks. πŸ˜‰ Peace, Liam

  • Brand New Suit

    I apologize in advance if I’m beating a dead horse here, but material things are the most exciting part of China. I mean everything is so damn cheap here. Don’t believe what my profile says, I am not a Chemistry Major. I am actually a business major, but a poor business major. I needed to…

  • Time for a Head Check

    As of now I have less than 3 weeks left in China. Quite honestly, there isn’t much going on lately, at least not in a “wow…China” sense. Most of me is biding my time until I can go home and just be thankful for what I have. However, all of this extra time has given…

  • Coming to a Turning Point

    As of now, I have less then a month left of my stay in China. I originally planned to stay a full two semesters abroad, but I feel overwhelmed. I just miss home. I miss getting to sit on a normal toilet. I miss getting to eat food that isn’t full of grease and MSG.…

  • They Fixed The Heater!!! πŸ™‚

    Welcome to China! What’s new you ask? Hmm…well…its COLD, really really, COLD!! Sure, I’ve been in New Paltz for the last 3 years. I’ve had my share of cold winters, but its wet and cold in a place that’s supposed to be at the latitude of Macon, Georgia. This city was hot and polluted when…

  • A Trip to The Spa

    I really need to apologize in advance, it seems that I always forget to right about my best adventures. Usually, I am in such a lull of excitement afterward, that words seem to spoil the experience. So, I retell this adventure of mine, about a week after it has transpired. I need to say firstly…

  • Bananas and Cultural Relativism

    China is a “developing” country so any visitor end up in some sort of strange cross section between the modern and the old. There are a few new commodities coming into this country that Chinese people don’t seem to grasp. Why do Chinese people wear high heels on the sports track and why do they…

  • Feeling the Love

    You know being in China is not easy. It is a real challenge to my sensibilities, and has been something of an initiation by fire. Not only have I been thrown head first into the culture of the East, but almost all the students in my surrounding dorm are from other countries. I’ve had to…

  • Bearing the Smog

    As a study abroad student in China I feel I am in a very unique position. If I were to go to a country like Australia, England, France, Japan, etc. I would get to be part of well established programs in well developed countries. However, I’ve never been one for the easy choice so I…

  • Berobed in Bedlam

    On Thursday a funny thing happened to me. I was loitering out on the front steps of my hotel, reading a book, when a friend came up to me, β€œHey, Liam what are you doing this weekend?” β€œMm, nothing yet.” β€œWanna go on a free trip?” There’s not really much else you can say an…