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In Conversation: Ryan Pyle of Tough Rides on China, and Why He ATCs

ATC gets deep with Ryan Pyle, of Tough Rides to discuss China, why he travels, and what he learned from his time rallying around the Middle...

The Return to the Amber Waves of Grain

The time has come, my lovely friends, to bid adieu to the Middle Kingdom. We packed up our belongings– things we had acquired over...

Gwendolyn Xiaolong

Newer photos loaded every few days at the bottom of the page. NEW! Here are photos of Gwendolyn at the hospital. We’ll load more on...

Having a Baby in China – Vol. II

Although the last post was overwhelmingly negative, the actual delivery and birth went quite well, and our baby is now safely tucked in our...

Having a Baby in China- Vol. I

Having a baby in China as a westerner is an astonishing experience in every sense of the word. It’s unlike the process back home in...

Where the Wild Things Are Under the Bed

Recently we’ve had a rash of strange creatures find their way into our little Beijing hutong. Perhaps it’s because we finally...

So it goes

It’s a long story, and one we’ll share at another point, but we’ve moved on from our management of 12sqm Bar in downtown...

Tourist in a Tourist Town

We recently had some friends visit us in Beijing, an occurrence which was a wonderful reminder of how many amazing sights there are in this...

Painting in China

China is a great place to get artistic. Granted, it’s hard to paint outdoors because a mob will gather around you, suffocating any...

Update: Latest Cube Abandoner

All is going well with the pregnancy at present, and our baby girl (that’s right, it’s a girl!) will be arriving this summer....

St. Patrick’s Day Snow in Beijing 2012

Happy St. Patrick’s Day, Beijing. You’re supposed to dye the waters green, not layer the city in three-five inches of...

Mike to the Rescue

The other day Mike and I were buzzing around on our super sleek moped. He calls it a motorcycle as his man points don’t decrease when...

New Cube Abandoner on the Way!

Ladies and gentlemen, it’s official! We’re expecting a tiny little cube abandoner of our own! The little guy (or gal) will be...

Apple in China

The other day Apple was set to release the new iPhone 4S in China. What transpired has hit news stands around the world, so I’ll only...

The Great Escape… Beijing Motorcycle Edition

If you follow us on Facebook, then you’ve probably noticed the bad-ass photo of Lauren on a motorcycle. Here’s how that...

A Very Merry Commie Christmas

It was in the depths of a dreary and cold winter in Beijing when Christmas hit, almost unexpectedly, amid family visits and mad rushes at...

Seven Billion… and Counting

When I was in high school I distinctly remember the day we learned about the concept of a Malthusian Crisis. The teacher drew an upward bow...

One Month In: The ATC Bar

We’ve had the bar for a month now, and so far things are going well. We’ve made a few changes to the place that we think is...

ATC Abandones the Cube and Opens a Bar

As many of you already know, Mike and I have taken over management of the famous 12SQM bar in Beijing. Once Beijing’s coziest (read:...

Chinese Men Stealing Foreign Chicks

A recent Chinese census found that 118.06 males are born in China to every 100 girls. This statistic hasn’t changed for the past ten...

Scuba lesson 1: Getting PADI certified in Beijing

If you want to get PADI certified, you’ll have to find a certified instructor to teach you the basics of scuba diving. This isn’t easy...

Qingdao: Trip Report

Despite repeated warnings from friends that we’d come back covered in stranger’s vomit, we set out in a group of 12 from Beijing to...

The Water Heater Saga

Well, a few years ago we did a post on the sink saga, which nearly resulted in the death of several repair men who were standing ankle deep...

Scuba Diving in Beijing

A lot of people don’t advise learning to scuba dive in a third world country. It can be a dangerous sport, and saving a few bucks...

Qingdao Beer Festival Preview

We’ve been in Beijing for about a year now and that means we’ve met some amazing folks living in China’s capital city....