Welcome to Macau

Shenzhen, China: March 23, 2012 I’ve been in China for 29 days now and that means it’s Visa renewal time! At this point, I had to leave the country, and come back in order to keep my tourist visa valid. I had thought this meant going to visit Korea or Japan, but I’ll more than … Continue reading Welcome to Macau

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 … Continue reading Living with Narcos

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 … Continue reading Day 1

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 … Continue reading No Sleep ‘Til Beijing