Lots of fireworks going off all around our building and the area as the citizens of Hangzhou continue to celebrate the Chinese New Year. We are settling into our apartment and taking small excursions, and planning to do more. So far, we have been to a market (an adventure in itself), a grocery store, a street market, and--of all places--a Chinese take-out restaurant! Do you believe it! Right here ... Read More
We're currently living in Cuenca, Ecuador. This is our live feed of what we're up to right now!
Well--we thought that our problems were solved when we got our marriage license authentication for the U.S. Dept. of State. Not so. Turns out we weren't supposed to have the federal government authenticate the certificate. It's complicated. But my wife found herself in Chicago talking to a Chinese Consulate official with an attitude, and for a moment, it appeared as if we would have to begin the whole ... Read More
I got an inquiry from a blog reader wondering how Pulmonia translated into English, so I asked Javier, the guy who owns the Internet cafe that I'm using. Believe it or not, pulmonia actually translates as a sickness of the lungs. Evidentally, when a person is in the open a lot, as at sea, they are susceptible to contracting some sort of pulmonia. As Javier explained, the little golf-cart-like vehicles are called that ... Read More