It was a big day in our house.

It was a big day in our house.
I had been laid up with fever for the past five days, shivering and sweating through long nights, weak and irrational during shortened days. My son was sick, too, something any parent knows is perhaps the worst combination to happen. Being sick at the same time as your child is a real challenge. He was ...

Running in China, part 3: Guangzhou 1

Running in China, part 3: Guangzhou
Our final city in China had a lot more going for it running-wise. Guangzhou was by far the cleanest city that we had visited thanks in part to being fairly close to water. High ocean winds seem to blow the pollution further inland. The air was clear, the sky actually blue, and even with the ...

Running in China, part 2: Taiyuan 1

Running in China, part 2: Taiyuan
Here’s something I found out about pollution in China: it’s worse outside of the major cities. Taiyuan is the capital of Shanxi province, and with a population of 4.2 million souls it is far from a small town. But surrounded by coal mines and coal burning power plants, Taiyuan has pollution even worse than Beijing ...

Running in China, part 1 1

Whenever I visit a new city I like to explore it on foot. I get out of bed while my family is still asleep, tie on my running shoes and slip out the door quietly. Runs in a new city are hardly every training runs. I don’t plan on a certain distance or focus on ...

Returning Home to Real Life 2

Returning Home to Real Life
Our last few days in China dragged. I wrote about the adoption reality show, and lamented that all any of us wanted was to get home and start our lives together. Still, one thing that is nice about being in a place like that, about living out of hotels and having your life reduced to ...

The Longest Day 1

The Longest Day
This is the final part of a series about our long trip home from China. You can catch up with the earlier parts here, here, and here. 42 Hours In Douglas Adams’s The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, the number 42 is important. It is the answer to the ultimate question of life, the universe, ...

The Longer Day 1

The Longer Day
This is the third of fourth pieces about our long trip home. To catch up on how we got to this point, read part 1 and part 2. Seven hours in Frankfurt Trying to kill seven hours in Frankfurt is one thing. Trying to do it with two kids in tow is a completely different ...

The Long Day 2

The Long Day
“Why is the steering while on the right?” m asked. We were on our way to the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region, and the van that had come to pick us up had come from Hong Kong. I explained to m that, for more than a century, Hong Kong was ruled by Great Britain. Traffic ...

Saying Goodbye to China 3

Saying Goodbye to China
Shopping like a local We woke on our last day in China with one final errand to run: shopping. We still wanted to buy a few things for ourselves and for a few friends, and knew of a store only a few subway stops away that would be both familiar and distant, a place, strangely, ...

Sibling Rivalry disorder hits home 1

Sibling Rivalry disorder hits home
Shamian Island We had a big day yesterday. It was our first “free” day when we had no appointments to keep, no morning events planned, not historical or cultural heritage sights to visit. Just us and our last day in China. We decided to visit historic Shamian Island, a local tourist trap. During the Song ...