New Year in a New Place

So finally we had enough dumplings, or close enough.  In truth, after about six months kiddo got very picky about dumplings and only had them sometimes, although he also learned to like rice, so that made life much easier.  When we moved to China, we told ourselves 2-3 years would be about right; it ended up at 3 1/2.  We left because of a new opportunity, and because we were tired of tasting the air, and also in part because as non-British, non-Chinese people we had hit the glass ceiling at our institution (for me being female added one more layer of glass).

So now we are in the US, ex-expats (to use an overly laden term), getting used to being able to understand most of the conversations we overhear and having access to mountains of cheese.  I will keep writing this blog, at least for a while, both to write about the experience of repatriation and to finish the enormous backlog of posts I have photos and ideas for in the “bloggy stuff” folder on my computer.

We arrived in the US on one New Year, Dec 31, many bags in tow.

leaving China

(This picture is actually us leaving China, and for health insurance reasons, we didn’t travel directly, but stopped in Japan for a few days so kiddo could gorge himself on sushi.)


In any case, we now are back in the land of our birth, although in a new town, in new jobs, learning new regional ways of life.  The rhythms of the year are different here, which is made quite evident by my wechat and facebook feeds, which are filling up with photos of beach vacations, like the ones we took in the Philippines


and in Thailand


We have to wait another month until Spring Break, and meanwhile it’s been just a bit colder stateside.


With or without a beach vacation, however, we are celebrating Chinese New Year, although without fireworks.  In preparation, we went to the local Asian grocery, which has a slightly antiquated name and sits in an unassuming building along a highway strip.


Inside it felt quite familiar,mcok popk

although in many ways it reminded us more of the international groceries in Suzhou, as it carries Japanese, Indian, Thai, Pilipino, Taiwanese, and Korean groceries along with the Chinese (and the Chinese groceries include lots of Cantonese-style groceries not so common in Vanguard).  Since Chinese New Year means dumplings, we bought what we needed to make some. They were out of round dumpling wrappers, so we made do with wonton skins.


We previewed some Saturday night and will have more for New Year’s proper, although kiddo is dumplinged enough that he only had a couple.

I’d like to thank Susan Blumberg-Kason for helping to get me to blog again by suggesting joining the Chinese New Year Blog Hop organized by twoamericansinchina.


As part of participation in this Blog Hop, I am giving away a set of postcards of sites visited on the app Exploring Suzhou, soon to be available in an app store near you.  Just comment on this post and they could be yours.

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2 responses to “New Year in a New Place

  1. Oh, my! That vegetarian mock popk is hilarious! They were one brush stroke away from getting it right. Back in college, I used to eat fried gluten out of the can. Yum.

  2. bn100

    fun pics to share; haven’t celebrated

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