Browsing All Posts published on »January, 2012«

The Real Life of Dogs in Beijing

January 31, 2012


I miss the dog. I don’t want to eat my dinner. There is no-one who wants to steal from it. No-one who wants me to tug a rabbit with them afterwards. My Chinese neighbour asked me about the dog when Xiao Bai was still here. A lot of my communication with my neighbour is guess-work. […]

First Day Back in the Office after Chinese New Year

January 29, 2012


This Sunday was a working day in China. They shift the weekends about to add on to national holidays so that people have more consecutive days off and can visit their family on the other side of China. However, I spent the previous week dreading coming in to work on the Saturday (a 6 day […]

Ice in the Shimmery Dusk at Houhai

January 27, 2012


Houhai is the name of the lakes that used to be imperial playgrounds at one time. They are a lovely oasis in the middle of the city, surrounded by streets with trees in them, which is a blessing not found everywhere in Beijing. (Why are there so few birds in Beijing? Because there are not […]

Chinese New Year with a Family.

January 26, 2012


I’m getting on better with Xiao Bai now. This little creature I’m dog-sitting looks like a tiny arctic fox. She is so cute, I don’t even mind that she bites me when I try to put a leash on her for a walk. I spent Chinese New Year’s eve with her human family. My colleague […]

Xiao Bei

January 23, 2012


I am dog-sitting. I have been dog-sitting for about 8 hours and I already asked to give it back. And then changed my mind again. And again. The dog drives me crazy because it runs around constantly but after a lot of toy-throwing it seems to be finally tired. The thing is it looks absolutely […]

Trees in the Forbidden City Winter

January 20, 2012


It’s next to the last day before Chinese New Year. The office director asked┬áme to take a visitor to The Forbidden City. The trees there are lovely in the winter. It is easier to hear them because there are not so many people visiting right now. I have never seen them looking so lovely. Twisted, […]

Spring Festival & the Search for Happiness

January 17, 2012


In a city where it is hard to find connection as a foreigner, moments of happiness are to be treasured. I have grown used to seeing the long drawn faces of a foreigner grappling with their experience and wonder if I also look like that myself sometimes. I sat at my desk until lunchtime, then […]