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Useful resources for learning about contemporary China:

 English language Sinica Podcast

James Fallows - not always China-related, but always interesting

What's going on in Beijing:

TimeOut Beijing

The Beijinger

China Daily's Beijing Weekend 

Beijing Weather - Weather Underground

 

Useful language learning tools

Chinesepod podcast - free beginners' podcasts

Popup Chinese podcast - another very good podcast series

Hacking Chinese - interesting ideas on learning Chinese efficiently

Skritter character-learning tool for iPad/iPhone - really fun app

Sinosplice - John Pasden's site on many interesting aspects of China and the Chinese language

 

 

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Tuesday
May052015

It's 5am Somewhere...

Aric here. Eddie, my roommate, and I arrived to Beijing for the most part feeling as if we had overcome any sort of jet lag, going to bed around 11ish our first night, and waking up around 6 the next morning. The group headed out for breakfast and then sat in on a BNU class very similar to our own Psych 457. As described below, a group of us adventured the campus and the surrounding area of the city for a few hours, arriving back to our rooms at 3:30pm. We were told to meet the rest of the group for dinner at 5pm with plans to attend a class taught by our very own Kevin Miller at 6pm. Back to 3:30pm, with our legs feeling a bit weary, Eddie and I decided a quick nap before dinner couldn't hurt so we set some alarms on our phones and passed out...

I was awoken to Eddie saying this: "Dude, it's 6:30!..."

Need more be said? Eddie and I had slept through our alarms, missed dinner, and were now missing class. With no ability to text our fellow Beijingers, we helplessly waited in our rooms. Feeling absolutely embarrassed, no, mortified, we pleaded for forgiveness from our faculty advisors, and being the incredible, understanding humans that they are, they pardoned us for our embarrassing lack of control over our circadian clocks.Sums it up pretty well

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