Chang Cheng: I am here

The Great Wall.  “Yahweh” first taught me about this place. That’s Professor Hall Peebles of Wabash College. Circa 1997, he opened my eyes to other faiths, cultures, traditions.  This had a profound impact on the course of my future.  Stories of ancient Chinese traditions flowed from his lips, as the trusty tissue in his hand…

WOW: Mongolia, I

Only 6 days have passed since I arrived in “Zurck (emphasis on final sound)”–Mongolia. In fact, I’m actually now at Maan Coffee in the Beijing Airport.  But it was such a wild ride.   Please sit back & enjoy these photos & initial reflections… I’m not going to sugarcoat it. If I could marry a…

Flying Into the Empire

It still stands as the largest land empire that ever existed in human history, surpassing the Romans & Alexander the Great in sheer size.  The Mongol Empire controlled thousands of kilometers of forbidding lands stretching across vast expanses of steppes, mountains, rivers.  Today (October 1st), I find myself nearly there.  In under thirty minutes, Mongolian…

Running Shanghai, Part II: How is it Different than USA?

Hot tea at the ready in Century Park for our pleasure upon finishing a long run in 80% humidity and about 85 degrees.  Haven’t seen that in Central Park, nor Van Cortlandt.  It was great, though. Actually, at the 10k point of my run, I mixed tea with lemon lime Gatorade. It was quite good….

Shanghai in 5 Photos

Wow. Just starting to venture further afield, getting to know my newly adopted city.  There are many elements of Shanghai I’m liking a lot….more and more… Just got home after a few hours out exploring, wandering, adventuring.  No captions or annotations this time.  Draw your own conclusions from these 5 photos just taken this afternoon-evening. 

9th Day: Detained by Chinese Security

40:07 into this morning’s run on my ninth day living in China; that is when I was detained by Chinese security.  And the run was going so well.  Look where I was:   Yeah. Beautiful running route. No one out on this elite school campus yet but a legion of groundskeepers, security & myself.  For…

I’m Going to Show Them

Yeah. This is how it’s done.  I charged into ICBC bank on Hongmei Road like I owned the joint. Shit, I live across the way now. And I’ve been here nearly 6 days. I’m going to show the 2 Caucasian ladies waiting how an American in China does business.  I went straight to the futuristic…

Sometimes,

this is breakfast: No milk in the cereal and a small serving of fruit. But I’m not eating the bowls of ramen or rice with eggs. And I’m not sure what’s in the seaweed. It’s all complimentary so I’d be eating like a king if it was a vegan joint.  Crap. I feel bad. A…

Fortuned Freak

That’s the supremely interesting thing about traveling: even when things look the same upon first glance, just look closer.  China now is a vastly different place than it was even 15 years ago. It’s far more open, cosmopolitan, even influenced by Western ideas. However, it is still a completely unique place all its own.  My…

Running Shanghai: The First 8 Lessons

It’s hot & humid as hell here. That’s lesson #1.  Knew it’d be hot, but not like South Texas.  Therefore, I am being forced to transition from an early evening runner to a wicked early morning runner. That meant starting out at 0620 today. But on a school day, it will mean starting my run…

I’m Getting There…

As I lift my pumpkin seeds with chopsticks, I reflect on my first 46 hours in Shanghai… I’m in Veggie Gather, The all Vegetarian joint that fooled a 17 year vegan. I was traumatized as I ate dinner here last night seeing late in the meal that small chunks of pork were mixed in with…

Oh Canada!

This is my new life, which I embrace exuberantly: preparing to touch down in a foreign nation–yes, Canada is indeed another nation!–having no idea where I will lay my head tonight.  Sun shining brightly over our Bombardier CRJ100’s robin blue wings. We circle the airport once, then twice for good measure. Prosperous neighborhoods of tidy…