Living with Narcos

Sometimes all you need to do to hear someone’s story is ask. I spent an Uber ride, with an ordinary person, who had been through extraordinary things. She had fled her country, left her children far behind, and hid out in America. One bright hour, with a woman who had a lifetime of stories. Latino, in her mid-forties. Seemed [...]

Day 1

A Day of Change It’s about 3:30 PM local time and I’m finally sitting in a taxi heading into Beijing from the Airport. Still a tad delirious and drunk from my indulgent flight, a foreign place looks even more alien to my foggy brain. Why am I looking at palm trees? Apparently, palms and tropical [...]

No Sleep ‘Til Beijing

Pre-Flight My nerves are on edge. My stomach is empty and churning. It's two hours before I’m leaving to the airport for my first trip to China. If there is a word for both my state of mind and state of luggage, and that word is over-prepared. Feel free to debate that hyphen. I’ve spent [...]