Apologies (again) for my long absence. It hasn’t been for lack of interesting things to share, rather it’s been a combination of work schedule and laziness that has kept me away from you. To make up for the prolonged pause, I’ve migrated the blog over to WordPress (tada!) and made the site its very own official .com experience (taaadaaa!).

Rather than try to catch you up, I’ll just start from here.

On Tuesday’s walk to work I had a strange conversation in Chinese with the cashier at a local convenience store. I handed her a pile of stuff and after scanning it all into the register, she told me that my total was 17RMB. I handed her a 20RMB note. She held it up with both hands and asked me very slowly how much the bill was. With raised eyebrow, I told her that it was 20 RMB. She nodded her approval before asking me how much change I should receive. After raising the other eyebrow, I explained that 3RMB would be an appropriate amount of change. She lit up with a huge smile and told me what a good job I had done.

I’m still not sure if it was my Chinese or my math skills that impressed her.

Posted by:Natalie

Writer. Internet Wrangler. Media Relations by day. Marketing for ATB Publishing by night. Big fan of zombies, cupcakes and candid photography. 我爱北京

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