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Owning a Restaurant in Beijing

I don’t actually have time to blog, neither does Maria, but I figured I should try to say something about what’s been going on, and I’ll leave it to her to tell about all that’s going on with her later, if she feels like it. So I now own a restaurant! I am the general […]

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Posted October 29th, 2009 - 1:20 pm by sean
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Tsinghua and Beida

These photos were taken when we first went to visit the two campuses. Maria had arranged to sit in on some of the classes at both schools, and we wanted to be sure we knew where she had to go. It was also on the way to ZhongGuanCun where we tried and failed to purchase […]

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Posted October 21st, 2009 - 1:42 am by sean
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Electronics Shopping in Beijing

We need a printer. I also needed a computer case, but my cousin was able to help me procure one. Granted, it’s MUCH smaller than the one I was using in the States, so it barely fit everything I wanted. I had to take some “creative” measures to get all the parts in. But it […]

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Posted October 21st, 2009 - 1:26 am by sean
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Expat Blog

So I got this listed in expat-blog. Not to be overly self indulging, but when we were researching our move to Beijing (though we were going to move whether we knew anything or everything we needed or wanted to know or not) we did find lots of good information on here, and if it wasn’t […]

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Posted October 20th, 2009 - 5:03 pm by sean
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Mutatis

Sean is sleeping near my desk; his schedule is completely out of whack. We’re both being reasonably productive, but this is a largely unstructured life at the moment. In fact, many other strictures also seem to have fallen by the wayside. Whether to good or ill effect, I can’t yet say. I suggested to him […]

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Posted October 17th, 2009 - 1:38 pm by maria
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Chinese Units and Conversion Reference

I realize that I’m throwing numbers around quite willy nilly, and that it may actually be confusing. So I thought I should compile a reference of relevant units that crop up in our every day lives in Beijing. Weight: Kilograms govern most weight measurements, and to get kilograms (kg) to pounds (lbs), just double the […]

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Posted October 16th, 2009 - 1:51 am by sean
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A Minor Rant, and Everything’s Good

I’ve come to realize that this whole “pay as you go” schtick might be getting a little out of hand, especially in China. I’m prepaying my cell phone, my internet, my electric bill, my gas bill, my metro card, and if I want satellite TV, I’ll be prepaying that too. As Maria put it, it’s […]

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Posted October 16th, 2009 - 1:42 am by sean
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Apartamento!

We moved in. I am so happy. We are lacking a few near-essentials, and short on others, and I don’t yet know an easy way to get some of this stuff (do I really have to walk for miles to buy toilet paper?) but I have a water-boiling pot, a supply of tea, a shower […]

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Posted October 13th, 2009 - 10:26 pm by maria
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Cows………..

So my father is partners with this company that has a dairy farm up in the northern part of Beijing. It’s very rural up there, very pretty, and apparently the government is trying to attract some big name companies to move in for the sake of saving the environment and all, with somewhat limited success. […]

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Posted October 13th, 2009 - 10:26 pm by sean
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Water

Sean’s stepmom showed me how to boil water (I’m so embarrassed) and now I have an unlimited supply of hot water, optionally for tea.� This is wonderful.� I’ve even gotten some studying done. We’ve now secured an apartment–well, secured, at least in some sense. The rent is already high and we’ve sort-of been warned that […]

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Posted October 9th, 2009 - 3:30 pm by maria
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National Day 2009

As promised, Happy 60th Birthday People’s Republic of China! I’d like to start out by stating that I think I’m spending way too much time with my family. Counting the time after we left our apartments in LA, we’ve been living with some form of family for over two months. I think it’s starting to […]

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Posted October 5th, 2009 - 1:50 am by sean
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