snow white and dwarf made out of legos

“It was all started by a mouse.”

Hi everyone! Work has been crazy lately, but that means I have plenty of photos to share! I hope you all enjoy these pictures taken in sunny Florida. I’m so…

giant panda sculpture on roof of IFS building

Visiting the Sculpture Garden

In the heart of Chengdu sits the YMCA. Over one hundred years old, it looks a little out of place in comparison to the sky-scraping apartments and shopping centers that…

Display at Chengdu's Festival of Lights

Spring Festival in Jintang

For Spring Festival, Hannah and I were taken to our friend Ting’s home in Jintang. We spent the first few days with her parents and had huge lunches and dinners…

red lantern during Chinese New Year

Preparing for Chinese New Year

I apologize for my lack of blog posts for the past few weeks. I have been under the weather, and pretty badly so. My blog may seem a little outdated…

Hannah "holds" Buddha, sits on sheep

Getting Festive

Bring it, Spring Festival! This past week has been full of adventures and excitement – what do you expect? It’s the Chinese New Year, otherwise known as Spring Festival!!! Blake…

three children holding valentine cards

La La La Love in Lianhua

Spreading the Love at Lianhua Community Center On Thursday, February 12, Blake and I had our very last English class at the Lianhua Community Center. Instead of spending the day…

JCC Deans' List Certificate

“Our greatest natural resource is the minds of our children.”

As I continue to work in the Disney College Program, I guess I’ve become a little reflective as I think about my amazing mother and how she pushed me to…

Taylor in front of buildings in Bath, UK

19 Ways to be a True Londoner

I’ve come to realize that involving myself in extracurricular activities has become an addiction. I like to be involved, I enjoy engaging myself in new activities, and I find meeting…

Blake holds a crab; crab on plate

Sushi, Sashimi, and Shrimp at the Shangri La

Because Chinese New Year officially begins on 2.18.2015, many of our new friends are preparing to fly home for the holiday. As a treat and a thank-you from the YMCA,…

Chengdu from balcony; group of friends

Chengdu: The Real City That Never Sleeps

Sleep? What’s that? This past week has been a busy one with all the hustle and bustle surrounding the ongoing Spring Festival festivities and the highly anticipated Chinese New Year!…