Monthly Archives: April 2012

Culture Shock, elementary school edition

This week we had a meeting with Jie-jie’s teachers. They asked for the meeting, saying that it is standard for students and their parents to have a conference with the teachers twice a year. Here is a little background: Jie-jie … Continue reading

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I read The Hunger Games Trilogy

A few weeks ago we got a babysitter and went out to see The Hunger Games. We so rarely go to the movies, I hadn’t read the books and I am disinclined to believe that mass popularity should in any … Continue reading

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Weekend Update

We had a lovely weekend. Friday night we watched Newsies. The kids are really into musicals right now. They love Annie, Mary Poppins and the Sound of Music but Newsies didn’t really do it for them. I am not sure … Continue reading

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Culture Shock, College Edition

Today I gave my last lecture for the term. The class isn’t over quite yet but the rest of the lectures and seminars are being taught by other members of the teaching team. I will grade the final exams. The … Continue reading

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Whine. complain. grumble.

We’re having that spring weather (unbroken gray sky, wet, cold) that makes me wish that I lived in the tropics. It is supposed to be like this all week. My right ear is bugging me again. My ears have been … Continue reading

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Back to Växjö

We returned late this afternoon. I enjoyed day 2 of Prague. We went back to the main square and wandered over the Charles Bridge to the other side of the city. We headed up the hill to the Castle and … Continue reading

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We took the City Nightline from Amsterdam to Prague. There weren’t too many people headed to Prague so they just tacked a couple of extra sleeper cars on the Amsterdam to Berlin train and then, when we arrived there in … Continue reading

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