From my diary: 15th April 2012- Beijing Arrived, snarky and bedraggled, and our crazy taxi driver nearly killed us on the way to our hotel. Imperial Courtyard Hotel in Beijing is in the Hutongs, a crazy mix of old style buildings and a hip shopping district and all at once exactly and nothing like what…

Culinary Adventures

A wriggling, splashing fish is thrust towards my face. The man holding the net grins at me with crooked yellow teeth and says something in his melodic language.