Cool Shirt

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Where do people even get shirts like this?

Hutong Life

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The Chinese says “My House”

The Tales of Hoffmann (Les contes d'Hoffmann)

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The Tales of Hoffmann (Les contes d'Hoffmann) is an opéra fantastique by Jacques Offenbach. The French libretto was written by Jules Barbier, based on three short stories by E. T. A. Hoffmann, who is the protagonist of the story.

I’m pretty sure this was my first opera and probably my last. I was really confused the entire time and had a hard time understanding the translated subtitles. I was impressed that the actors/singers were able to memorize 3.5 hours of dialogue/songs and the set design was incredible. However, pretty sure opera isn’t my thing.

However, I was pretty excited to go inside the National Centre for the Performing Arts, which is super cool looking building surrounded by water.

Broken Bikes

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Scenes from Beijing

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Colorful Beijing Sunset

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2019 Beijing Burger Festival

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Around the 京

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Italian Chamber of Commerce Event

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This was an event held by the Italian Chamber of Commerce and it did not disappoint. Meats, cheeses, wine, bread - it was perfect.

Sunset So Pretty

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Pants Building

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Despite most Chinese people thinking this looks like a pair of pants squatting over Guomao, it's still one of my favorite buildings

Lots of guys draw words in Chinese using water in the plaza where I work

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There are also hundreds of people dancing. Each area has a little laptop hooked up to speakers blaring different kinds of music, Indian, American swing, classical Chinese, and people are dancing in unison. It is the strangest thing to see after I walk out of my school, but at the same time, it’s cool to see so many people actively engaged in the same thing.

BOOM!

Got an apartment.

Wifi tomorrow.

Got my debit card unblocked due to “Fraudulent Activity”. 

Start teaching tomorrow. 

Life is good.

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Degen Hill

This is my travel blog and writing portfolio covering my life in China and my trips around the world, including the food, experiences, people, culture, history, and architecture. Living in Beijing has been an adventure, so here's some insight into one of the world's biggest cities.

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