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  • 13 January 2019

    Getting a German Driver's License Part 1: The Bureaucracy

    After living in Germany for over ten years, I decided to get my German driver's license and quickly remembered why I didn't want to get it in the first place. Part 1 details the bureaucracy.

  • 10 January 2019

    Top 5 Albums of 2018

    It might be a bit late, but here are my top five albums of 2018, along with my favorite tracks off each one.

  • 30 December 2018

    Migrating from Blogger to Jekyll + GitHub Pages

    After getting back from Shanghai in 2016, my blog sort of died and with good reason: Iwas kind of embarrassed about what it looked like. Having started this blog in 2005, I chose to host it on Blogger, which at the time, seemed like a great choice...

  • 20 April 2016

    Studying for the HSK

    I realize that I haven't written since the end of February, but I've actually got very good reason -- I've been studying my tail off for the official Chinese language test, the Hanyu Shuiping Kaoshi 汉语水平考试, better known as the HSK. Although my tim...

  • 22 February 2016

    Reflections on a Year Abroad...again.

    It's been almost two months since I left China, but I haven't had time to sit down and really write anything meaningful. To sum up the last two months really quickly, Christian and I left China the day after Christmas because his visa expired on D...