Turpan Arrives

July 2nd and 3rd As the train chugs into Gansu Province, the landscape changes. Green gives way to […]

The Long Train to Xinjiang

Date: July 1 It’s July 1st. The first day of an epic journey across China’s least explored provinces. […]

Partings and Meetings

It’s been almost 6 months since I left India. I came to China thinking that learning a new […]


It’s been a whirlwind week. First, there were exams. That has never been a favorite part of studying […]

A Tale of Two Hotpots

Last Thursday and Friday evenings were hotpot evenings. Katzka from the Czech Republic invited Birdy and I for […]

Funny Meetings

Late on Sunday night, Silk messaged asking us to lunch the next day. She is leaving on the […]

Chinese Corners

The other day, while having lunch at my favorite noodles place, I met a girl who looks remarkably […]

The Enduring Fragility of Life

It’s a funny thing, this life. Last Thursday, I was sitting in this Turkish restaurant with one of […]

A Confession

I have this confession to make. I have become addicted. Everyday I dream of its seductive fragrance. I […]

Quiet Days Drifting By

It’s been a while since I updated this blog. It’s been a quiet week relatively, although it doesn’t […]