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The bed was shaking, something was creaking, and then I opened my eyes. It stopped. My heart was beating too fast and hard. Was that an earthquake? Was it over now? Was it all a dream? Good thing we got that earthquake insurance, I was thinking, as my mind booted up slowly, like an old Macintosh. Continue reading Earthquake

Mundane Monday: Great Wall Shopping

The Mutianyu area near Beijing is a great place to visit the Great Wall of China. It’s not crowded, a long stretch of the wall itself is restored to good condition, the surrounding natural scenery is beautiful, and it has a chair lift and toboggan! But today I’ll focus on the mundane aspects of the visit: what you see when you pay your money. Continue reading Mundane Monday: Great Wall Shopping