After a visit home to New Jersey, went to Chongqing, China to teach English for three months. Spent that summer on the Tibetan Plateau, then went east to the Yellow Sea. Hung around Beijing for three months, mostly just being lazy in an old hutong neighborhood. Went from freezing Beijing to the warm Yucatan peninsula for a couple weeks, then back to New Jersey until moving to Taipei for a year to study Mandarin Chinese. 謝謝你讀我的自我介紹。
Now I'm back in New Jersey, taking computer science classes at Stockton University.
movies: Back to the Future, Star Wars, Shawshank Redemption, Kung Fu Hustle, M, The Great Dictator
tv: Amazing Race, Parks and Recreation, Community, Breaking Bad, Anthony Bourdain: No Reservations
music: Radiohead, Pearl Jam, Foo Fighters, Nirvana, The Who, Crosby Stills Nash and Young, The Beatles, Simon and Garfunkel, Cream, Sonic Youth, Beck, Coldplay, Audioslave, Jack White, TV on the Radio, The Black Keys, Blink-182, Polaris
food: Thai, Malaysian, Indian, and Sichuan cuisine. Red wine and cheese for an late snack. Craft beer when out with friends.
2. Chinese-English dictionary (Trying not to forget my vocab!)
3. Glasses (I'm fairly nearsighted, though I waited until junior year of high school to correct that problem)
4. Pillow (need that neck support!)
5. Passport. One time in Vietnam I was on a bus for an hour when I realized I had left my passport at the hostel back in Hanoi! Got off the bus next to a small roadside village and hailed down the next bus going the other way. An hour ride and a couple of moto taxis later and I was back in business.
6. Running water – warm if the air's chilly. You really appreciate a hot shower after a couple of weeks without one.
I also think a lot about travel, and when I can finally visit Nepal and India.
long walks and bike rides 'round town,
and looking at maps.