Uncategorized | 12:13 pm | August 17, 2008 | By Yale Daily News

The typical Chinese experience?

By Donnell Gavin BEIJING, China, 10:29 p.m. — Since most people who read this probably won’t be familiar with the intricacies of my travel plans (Hi Mom! Hi Dad!), I should state for the record that I missed the opening ceremonies. Flat out, dead asleep on a trans-Pacific flight kind of missed them. But, despite »

Uncategorized | 12:09 pm | August 17, 2008 | By Ashiner

Ambiance

By Austin Shiner BEIJING, China, 1:03 p.m. — It’s the ambiance that counts in Beijing. For the past four weeks I’ve been struck as much by this city’s extraordinary sights as by their environs. In cuisine, architecture, and history, it’s the subtleties, which in America I so often take for granted, that make the difference. Take »

Uncategorized | 12:24 pm | August 16, 2008 | By Yale Daily News

“Hey Lady”

By Donnell Gavin BEIJING, China, 7:18 p.m. — Things you can barter for in China: Designer jeans (good price ~$15 American) Pearls (good price under $10 American) Beer (good price typically ~$2 American, though I’m told it’s higher with all the white-people-who-don’t-know-better in town) Things you can’t barter for in China: McDonalds (though one of »

Uncategorized | 4:57 pm | August 14, 2008 | By Ashiner

Sexed-up karaoke: awkward

By Austin Shiner BEIJING, China, 7:31 p.m. — “Which do you think is the prettiest?” I was shocked. “They’re all very attractive,” I said with an astonished smile.“ I knew you’d say that.” Ten young women, all identically dressed in black miniskirts and plunging neckline tops, lined the front wall. I leaned towards Sam, “Are »

Uncategorized | 1:49 pm | August 13, 2008 | By Yale Daily News

Like Epcot

By Donnell Gavin BEIJING, China, 10:17 p.m. — Since we didn’t have any tickets to the Games today (though Phelps has surpassed the record for total lifetime gold medals, and is within shooting range of Spitz’s 7 gold medals in one year), we ventured over to Tienanmen Square and the Forbidden City, which contains the »