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Wander Onwards Teams Up With The Migrant Children’s Foundation

Last weekend, the Migrant Children’s Foundation and Boston College Alumni Association in Beijing teamed up to bring Easter and Physics (go-figure) to a school just outside of Beijing.Β  This was the first time I had ever worked with the MCF so I wasn’t really sure what to expect; but as usual, I made friends quickly and followed the group onto some random bus going to who-knows-where.Β  Typical Vanessa.…

Beijing Find: Dragonfly Therapeutic Retreat

There are two terrifying truths about living in Beijing: That you WILL eventually contract a physically crippling ailment of some sort. You WILL run into a crazy ex on a date with another person And these two things will happen to you… over and over and over again. Yay. Since cruel fate dictates the latter, I have made a conscious effort to prevent the first prophesy from coming…

15 Problems People Who Live Abroad Have

When Life hands you lemons… throw that shit out and poor yourself a scotch neat.Β  You are not a freshman sorority girl. Drink your problems away like an adult… 1. You have too many language-specific names to keep up with.Β  Vanessa? (English) Ru Yi? (Chinese) Farasha? (Arabic) 2. You know you should stop eating street food… but you can’t. I am 100% invincible… 70% of the time. 3.…

20 Things That Change After Living In China

I can feel my opinions of what is socially/morally/economically acceptable change as my experience in China continues… Here are the main 20. 1. Hot water is king. It’s cured everything for generations and will continue to do so into the future. 2. There are indoor shoes and outdoor shoes. You’re not a barbarian. 3. It is 100% acceptable to eat an entire meal out of a plastic bag.…

Texas BBQ In The ‘Jinger

I can’t stand Italian and American food. For years, my friends and family have tolerated my bizarre eating habits and strange demands. If it’s not spicy, what’s the point? My pallet belongs to the four corners of the world and the deep fried delicacies offered at American restaurants simply don’t entice me. Some of my relationships (romantic or otherwise) have ended prematurely because I would lose my shit…