I’ve learned…

May 19, 2014, Shanghai, China A few things I’ve learned as an expat in Shanghai: I learned to drink tea. The best tea does not come in a white tea bag. Tea comes in a number of varieties all made from whole, dried or roasted Camellia leaves. Drinking tea is an art form to be enjoyed alone or with others.…

Returning to America & Happy Mother’s Day!

May 11, 2014; Shanghai, China Returning to America & Happy Mother’s Day! By guest author, Dave Beasley Two things that are very exciting!  Returning to America & honoring Mothers. First, let me start out with returning to America or “the land of the free and the home of the brave” as our son, Ben likes to say.  As Carmen discussed…

An Elbow to the Ribs…

May 5, 2014 Shanghai, China It never fails.  After ending a blog saying ” I love China,” something happens to rip the rug out from beneath my feet and make me want to eat my words.  Honestly, I really do love the people.  However, being a foreigner, a guest in a foreign land, sometimes I’m treated with great respect.  Sometimes…

Cha You (Chah-yoh…)

April 27, 2014 Shanghai, China Literally, the count down has begun until we head back to the US.  This time for good.  I am busy squeezing every last drop out of my Shanghai experience.  For me, this means time with friends.  Time spent gathering a few China trinkets.  And time drinking in every last drop of tea. Thinking about tea…

Life & Death in Shanghai…

Shanghai April 13, 2014 Here I am in Shanghai, China, at the tail end of our three year assignment still learning, ever intrigued, ever growing and still feeling the foreignness of another culture.  The foreignness of the culture is not necessarily bad, not necessarily good, but necessarily different.  It should be different.  China and the USA and their people have…