Rest

As an athlete, I’ve always known that rest days were important. You need to build recovery days into your routine, so you don’t literally injure yourself. And obviously, you also take days off from work. But what about the rest of my life? Do you need rest days from socializing? From creativity? From cooking? From... Continue Reading →

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Going to the Cinema

Things have changed in movie theaters. I learned this two weeks ago, and up to that point I hadn't been to a film in America in over 3 years. I only realized this gap in my experience when it occurred to me that I wanted to see Avengers: Age of Ultron, and didn't know how I should buy tickets. I... Continue Reading →

Beer: brewing and drinking

In Hong Kong I had an American craft beer subscription that brought two six packs of miscellaneous American imports, mostly from the west coast or Hawaii, to my door once a month.  This saved me from the monotony of cases of Carlsberg or PBR or Tsing Tao at the grocery store, and was less expensive... Continue Reading →

Winter

It is finally over. There are flowers out; our balcony garden is sprouting; I can go running in shorts and a t-shirt. The thaw started in earnest in March, but April has started to get genuinely warm. Plants, no longer terrified of the sudden surprise cold snap that could destroy their spring buds, have begun... Continue Reading →

Cars

You don't have to have a car in Chicago, but it helps. My first day in the city (and subsequent days in the city), I used public transportation to get everywhere, as I have done in every other city in which I've lived. It worked fabulously, cheaply, and with great character. The rattling trains and overground... Continue Reading →

Expectations

Over the last three years I spent 2 weeks in the USA, my country of citizenship. This meant I always received news from afar: reading news and talking to friends and family. The reality of life in the States was always remote. I didn't experience broadcast TV, the price of gas, talking with strangers or... Continue Reading →

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