Author Archives: Zach

Something There Is That Doesn’t Love a Wall

What sends the frozen-ground-swell under it, and spills the upper boulders in the sun, and makes gaps even two can pass abreast?  Finally…the Great Wall of China. One of the wonders of the world, the Great Wall is one of the symbols … Continue reading

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Through a Certain Strand of Light

A thousand dreams, a thousand prayers.  Enough incense to fill the jasmine sky.  From the relative chaos of ancient Beijing to the tranquility of the northeast mountains, the Summer Palace has served as a spiritual and now cultural relic of … Continue reading

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The Elusive Canadian Llama

One of my favorite things about Beijing is exploring the ancient citadels of dynasties long past.  The Lama Temple has been on my t0-do list since arriving in the Chinese capital. Building on my streak of never taking a cab … Continue reading

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My Kind of Town Has All That Jazz

We travel nearly 9000 miles and yet Chicago still finds a way to insinuate its way into our daily lives.  This time, though, is different – we actually look forward to going to our university complex. Taking a few lessons … Continue reading

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Sharks, Quarks, and Parks

The red pulse beats calmly and rhythmically from the core.  Like a stone dropping into still water, waves emanate from the center.  You can feel that idea in Beijing.  The Chinese capital wields incredibly influence over world politics – in realist terms, … Continue reading

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Aerial Cascade

The Temple of Heaven (天坛) is one of Beijing’s most visited sites.  It is a giant complex on which many prayer halls form the area where the Qing and Ming emperors would make their annual walk from the Forbidden City … Continue reading

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Somewhere Between Winnipeg and Siberia

Finally.  Half of a year of waiting is over.  Visa from the consulate – check.  Dog-eared Lonely Planet – check.  Chopstick finesse – uhh, to be acquired later.  I was finally going to China. Since I had to change my Tokyo itinerary, I … Continue reading

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