Li River, Guangxi, China

Guangxi Province, southern China: In this surreal landscape, how could I not go run after our boat ride down the Li River? Even if the heat index is 110F. There was no option after I saw a few folks wandering about on a pathway alongside this stunning river valley between legions of uniquely pointed karst…

Hysteria or Just Dancing?

Shanghai Lockdown ‘22, Day 26: Some people are not in their best moodin lockdown times….or, maybe they just like dancing in public? Note: I cannot confirm location.

Day 19

Shanghai Lockdown ‘22, Day 19:Touching moment An elder couple living with two grandkids does not really know how to buy foods online. Especially in this lockdown scenario, we are looking out for each other so Serena and I brought over a box of foods my colleague did not want. The grandparents were touched and kept…

Check Out This Podcast:

Please check out this new podcast episode, hosted by my friend Tiffanie from Louisville’s Seneca High… podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/s03e13-kyle-macy-hall-educator-writer-marathoner-chinaedition/id1141563918

It’s the Gas

Second I came out of my bedroom this morning, Serena tells me there’s no hot water and the stove is unusable. I contacted Mr. Lim, the company’s housing coordinator, via WeChat. He messaged back within 1 minute: Hi,You need to take the gas card to recharge. There is a recharging machine at the entrance of…

A Heavy Price?

Yes, I DO live in China. Sometimes, running freely hither and yonder, prancing around Disneyland, eating at wonderfully cozy vegan cafes, drinking tea in little tea shops, it’s easy to forget we are living within a non-democratic society (choosing my language carefully there). Then, as I’m heading out of my apartment on this beautiful day…

A Question

Running down a country road today, past the strawberry farm, a pretty 30-something year old lady stopped her car and invited me in for a ride. Dressed fully in black—from my black BRONX beanie, to my all black Hokas, I was trotting along in the rain. I thanked her and told her this was my…

21 Days: COMPLETED!

Quarantine Day 21: Quarantine COMPLETED! Had to do 2 Covid tests since departing hotel one week ago. Final one was this morning. I ran to the local hospital where there’s a testing trailer set up out front. So, since departing Kentucky on November 21st, I’ve been tested 7 times: Once in Renton, Washington at a…

REUNITED

Serena & Kyle are back! 686 days apart.Now, REUNITED. The last time we saw each other, January 21st, 2020, no one knew a thing about any COVID-19 or pandemic. Don’t give up, don’t ever give up…

687

Quarantine Day XIV: Day of Hotel Departure & Day of REUNION! 687 Days separated from Serena In 5 hours, I step outside this hotel room for the first time in 2 full weeks. Then, I head home…home at least temporarily being my girlfriend’s studio apartment in Jiuting! Fun Fact: Jiuting is a large neighborhood (such…

HOPE

Quarantine Day XI 685 days since my girlfriend Serena & I were last together. Approximately 75 hours until we reunite. BELIEVE