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    (Alexandra Sieh / Colorado Daily)
    The China MonologuesThe China Monologues: Baby steps on the Great Wall

    10/16/2018 01:17 PM MDT
    My legs were burning. "Come on, Alex," I thought, wheezing for air. "If they could build the damn thing, you can climb up it. 
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    The China Monologues: Romance, foosball and fighting the crowds
    10/22/2018 01:35 PM MDT - This time last year, I was standing in a "meh" sort of bar in Shanghai with Manfriend and his buddy. "I just don't get it," Manfriend insisted, "I never usually lose! Full Story

    The China Monologues: Zoned out in Beijing's time zone
    09/17/2018 04:22 PM MDT - "So, class, how are you today?" "Happy! And you, teacher?" "Oh, I'm happy, too!" My students all thought this was because of them. Full Story

    The China Monologues: Exciting changes and comfortable familiarity flipped
    09/03/2018 04:35 PM MDT - "Wait, what the hell is Venmo?" We were settling the tab at dinner, and I needed to collect some cash. Full Story

    Food & Entertainment: Travel thousands of miles without leaving Boulder
    08/23/2018 10:15 PM MDT - Wanted: College students who, despite single digits in their bank statements, cling to hopes of jet-setting the moment the tassel flips. Those with walls covered in world maps and drunken selfies. Whose passports and gym cards are gathering dust next to textbooks and empty bottles of 5-Hour Energy. Full Story

    The China Monologues: Another set of eyeballs makes everything new
    08/20/2018 07:32 PM MDT - "Watch out. There's a lot of mud over here," I called. A side step here, a quick hop there. Full Story

    The China Monologues: Snow White and the American thighs
    08/06/2018 11:32 PM MDT - Resting on the school's couch, I looked up from my lesson planning. All three of my Chinese colleagues were staring at me. Full Story

    The China Monologues: Double the literacy, double the fun
    07/23/2018 05:07 PM MDT - Another set of locked doors. "For fuck's sake," I muttered, trying the doors again. For the second time that day, a stranger came over — curious, I'm sure, why two foreigners were attempting forced entry. Full Story

    The China Monologues: An attempt to jog my sanity
    07/09/2018 03:01 PM MDT - "How ya doin', babe?" *Side glare* "You've got this! We're nearly there!" *A more intense side glare*  Full Story

    The China Monologues: Hostel sports environment
    06/26/2018 12:28 PM MDT - There was no way they were going to win. I'm no sports expert, but matched against Sweden, there was no hope for South Korea. Full Story

    The China Monologues: Time to take off the foreigner-tinted glasses
    06/11/2018 02:53 PM MDT - This was a vocabulary term in one of my Chinese textbooks: "Zhonghua Minguo." The definition: "the Republic of China (1912 - present, the government moved to Taiwan in 1949). Full Story

    The China Monologues: Cutting through the language barrier
    06/10/2018 02:52 PM MDT - "Well, so ..." I paused. The hairdresser stared, scissors poised. "Uh ..." OK, I hadn't thought this through. Full Story

    The China Monologues: Halal over the world
    05/14/2018 03:14 PM MDT - "Wait, what's the Chinese for 'spinach'?" "Bo cai." "I think that's what this sign says, but this really doesn't look like spinach." Full Story

    The China Monologues: Public transport, personal headache
    04/30/2018 08:08 PM MDT - "Bus or cab?" I rolled my eyes at Manfriend. "You know we aren't going to catch either," I replied unhelpfully. Full Story

    The China Monologues: Taken for a ride by the tour guide
    04/16/2018 12:53 PM MDT - Bugs buzzing overhead, I seethed, sitting on a filthy mattress in some dingy hotel on an island I wasn't even sure the name of. Full Story

    The China Monologues: Hard to believe
    04/02/2018 06:52 PM MDT - Walking up to my apartment's main door late one evening, I dug around for my key. "Ohh," I heard behind me. Full Story

    The China Monologues: If at first you don't succeed, get a workout buddy
    03/20/2018 11:57 AM MDT - Together, a staffer and I toured the gym floor. At her gesture, I hopped on an elliptical machine. "You can pick what intervals you want here," she explained. Full Story

    The China Monologues: Shit creek means vacation's over
    03/06/2018 11:47 AM MST - "So, what did they want?" Manfriend's face twisted up a bit. "Well," he said hesitantly. Full Story

    The China Monologues: Experience vs. the camera lens
    02/19/2018 05:30 PM MST - "There's no use," I mumbled grumpily. "I won't get a shot unless I walk into the damn water. Full Story

    The China Monologues: New year's a dud for dogs
    02/06/2018 11:24 AM MST - "Oof, things aren't looking good for you this year," I called over. "Go on, then," Manfriend muttered. Full Story

    The China Monologues: The grass is always greener
    01/22/2018 10:48 AM MST - Tossing my phone aside, I groaned. "What's up?" Manfriend asked from across the room. Full Story

    The China Monologues: Ancient history powers modern city
    01/08/2018 04:18 PM MST - About 40 years ago, a few farmers wanted to make a well. They lived in a village just outside Xi'an, a small city in Shaanxi Province. Full Story

    The China Monologues: A very mopey Christmas
    12/26/2017 01:12 PM MST - 'Twas a chilly Christmas morning, and all through the hutong, not a stray dog was stirring, not even a — Hhhhhhglech. Full Story

    The China Monologues: Solo trip a reminder of the kindness of strangers
    12/11/2017 03:37 PM MST - We both leaned in toward his computer screen as he zoomed around Macau on Google Maps. Full Story

    The China Monologues: Proud teacher
    11/27/2017 05:32 PM MST - "Hello, everybody!" Five beaming girls cheered back. "Hello, teacher!" Surrounded by six- and seven-year-old girls, I checked our phonics homework for the past week. Full Story

    The China Monologues: Healthy penises and chasing perfection
    11/14/2017 01:15 PM MST - Chasing perfection"Hey, how do you say 'active'?" "Active," Manfriend said, hardly looking up from his coffee. Full Story

    The China Monologues: It might take a pocket scientist
    10/31/2017 05:38 PM MDT - Looking through the doors, I groaned. I was already precariously balanced, standing in the middle of the subway car. Full Story

    The China Monologues: Solitude is golden
    10/17/2017 03:42 PM MDT - Solitude is goldenSmack. An umbrella hit ours. "Ahhh!" Another umbrella snagged my hair, tugging me backward. Full Story

    The China Monologues: 'Foreigners are always so polite'
    10/02/2017 07:09 PM MDT - I grit my teeth. "Yes," I said (in Mandarin), a clear edge in my tone, "that's what I mean. Full Story

    The China Monologues: Home hunting in the hutongs
    09/18/2017 03:09 PM MDT - "So what do you think?" Manfriend muttered to me as I surveyed the kitchen again. Full Story

    (Matt York / Associated Press)
    College footballCU football: Buffs reeling from first blowout loss

    Turnovers, sacks allowed pile up in defeats

    After many of Colorado's Pac-12 losses over the years, there was a helpless feeling coming from the Buffaloes.

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    (Matt York / Associated Press)
    College footballCU football: Buffs reeling from first blowout loss

    Turnovers, sacks allowed pile up in defeats

    After many of Colorado's Pac-12 losses over the years, there was a helpless feeling coming from the Buffaloes.

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    (Paul Aiken / Staff Photographer)
    Second Story Garage: Gasoline Lollipops

    The Boulder alt-country band gives its EPs names such as Death and Resurrection, and its songs bear the mark of hard truths and sin. But the punk energy behind the playing, and the sense that it's all in good fun, make it OK to dance to a song like "Death." Full Story