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    (Alexandra Sieh / Colorado Daily)
    The China MonologuesThe China Monologues: Something to shout about

    05/15/2017 05:09 PM MDT
    I'd been warned to set my expectations low. As Manfriend told it, the team was pretty bad. The fans were disinterested. We'd likely see more gratuitous selfie-taking than worthwhile football. 
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    The China Monologues: Body acceptance as a foreign concept
    05/01/2017 06:37 PM MDT - Allow me to introduce you to Katherine. New to one of my evening classes, this inquisitive little girl shocked me with great pronunciation and speaking fluency. Full Story

    The China Monologues: Mistakes were made and thoroughly enjoyed
    04/17/2017 08:56 PM MDT - By 5:45 a.m., we were pretty sure we were lost. I shivered in borrowed layers as I held out my phone — our only source of light in the moonless dark. Full Story

    The China Monologues: Patience is a virtue in any language
    03/20/2017 05:55 PM MDT - Standing on the crowded bus, Man-Friend and I chatted about nothing in particular as a pair of young girls clambered on, followed by a frazzled-looking mother. Full Story

    The China Monologues: A much-needed reality check
    03/06/2017 06:18 PM MST - As we left the cafe we'd been working at, my man-friend and I skirted through traffic (as you do in Beijing — pedestrians are afforded little to no consideration by bike, car or bus) and chatted about our evening plans. Full Story

    The China Monologues: Grapevine provides to the Google-deprived
    02/20/2017 04:29 PM MST - As we walked to the subway station one evening, my pal and I chatted about a few folks we mutually knew in Beijing. Full Story

    The China Monologues: On the edge of adventure
    02/06/2017 03:20 PM MST - Looking at the makeshift rigging system, I felt my eyebrow rise. A bunch of rail-thin men, all shouting directions in muddled Indonesian to their companions, were pulling on a series of somehow-untangled ropes. Full Story

    The China Monologues: Never relax; never surrender
    01/24/2017 12:32 PM MST - Huddled in a coffee shop, my great behemoth of a backpack slouched across from me like a disgruntled date, I cup my hot kopi, Singapore's very strong version of coffee. Full Story

    The China Monologues: Hoist the baijiu to a new you
    01/09/2017 04:19 PM MST - With the flip of a few numbers on a screen, I watched 2016 turn to 2017. Full Story

    The China Monologues: A holiday attitude adjustment
    12/26/2016 07:02 PM MST - Hol "But I ..." "Wait a moment." "Yes, OK, but I ..." "Ah, perfect!" I raised my eyebrow. Full Story

    The China Monologues: Well worth the wait
    12/13/2016 02:06 PM MST - As the midday sun burned down, my friend pushed down on my shoulder. "Someone's getting red." Full Story

    The China Monologues: Outrage and shock across the Pacific
    11/28/2016 04:38 PM MST - My stomach was in knots, and not only because this was our second attempt to catch a train out of Pingyao. Full Story

    The China Monologues: Friend-zoned by the language
    10/31/2016 05:08 PM MDT - "Mei ... no, bù ... uh ... mei xiang ..." "Bù xiang ..." "Dammit." Welcome to my weekly Chinese class, during which I regularly struggle to choose between two ways to say I didn't/don't do something. Full Story

    The China Monologues: Overseas and FOMO-free
    10/17/2016 07:54 PM MDT - Each night at work, I usually head out, headphones in hand, ready to make my commute home.  Full Story

    The China Monologues: Stupid, but oh so smart
    10/03/2016 02:46 PM MDT - During this, China's "Golden Week" — celebrating their National Day — I give you the yields of my vacation-inspired laziness: My life overseas, summed up by quotes found in an article titled, "Did they really say that? Full Story

    The China Monologues: A day in the life
    10/03/2016 01:23 PM MDT - "That really happened," I thought to myself for the first time that day, as I walked to the subway. As an expat, you're often sought out for odd jobs. Full Story

    The China Monologues: Sentiment and smiley faces
    09/05/2016 04:30 PM MDT - I missed these kids. I was surprised as anyone else by this "Awwww"-covered sentiment. Full Story

    Know your columnist: Sieh stars in 'The China Monologues'
    08/23/2016 08:58 PM MDT - After three years guiding our asses around Boulder bars and breweries, Alexandra Sieh packed her beer-soaked bags and headed to Beijing. Full Story

    The China Monologues: The quest for a cool neighborhood
    08/22/2016 06:56 PM MDT - Let's talk about housing. More to the point, house hunting. The time when you frantically search through dozens of bullshit ads for a cheap place to put all your shit before your friend kicks you off their couch. Full Story

    The China Monologues: Feels like yesterday
    08/08/2016 07:59 PM MDT - "It's strange," my friend said to me over beers one night. "It feels like you never left. Like you were just here a week ago." Full Story

    The China Monologues: What can I say?
    07/25/2016 06:50 PM MDT - "So," everyone starts. "Tell me about China." "Uhh ..." I answer. "Well, I mean ... It's great?" That's about all I've been able to come up with so far. Full Story

    The China Monologues: Here's to the in-between
    07/23/2016 12:04 PM MDT - I'm terrible with endings. The end of a relationship. The end of a job or opportunity. Even the end of a really good book. Full Story

    The China Monologues: The not-so-amazing race
    06/29/2016 11:31 AM MDT - As we sat on a creaking local bus in Hanoi, Vietnam, my travel partner gritted her teeth. Loaded backpacks crammed on our laps, we dug for the dong needed to pay the bus man. Full Story

    The China Monologues: Allow me to vent
    05/30/2016 08:31 PM MDT - I towered behind the couple. A sweat-soaked giant, irritated with yet another road block. "Come on, people," I muttered under my breath. "Pick up the pace."  Full Story

    The China Monologues: Plans by the wayside
    05/18/2016 12:27 PM MDT - A week or so ago, a kindly British gent offered to cook me a delightful vegetarian dinner. That is, until he realized he'd left his knife at work. We hustled to the nearby supermarket to pick one up. It turns out, they don't carry them - nor did any shops nearby. Full Story

    The China Monologues: Remembering beautiful innocence
    05/04/2016 08:18 PM MDT - "Quack quack." I took a long drink from my coffee cup, sighing. "No, Crystal. A chicken doesn't quack, nor are you, in fact, a chicken. Sit back down." Full Story

    The China Monologues: Quite a tall language barrier
    04/18/2016 04:05 PM MDT - Sitting on a couch in a crowded cafe, I slammed my Chinese Grammar book shut. "That's it," I said, loudly, before dropping my head to my lap. Full Story

    The China Monologues: I'm not too proud to beg
    03/24/2016 08:52 PM MDT - The curse of the sticker shock can happen everywhere, but Asia is especially tricky. Currently, one U.S. dollar is about 0.89 euros, 6.48 Chinese yuan, 111.79 Japanese yen and 1160.63 South Korean won. In Vietnamese dongs? (That's right. Dongs.) Just $1 is 22281.64 dongs. Full Story

    The China Monologues: Bartender, it's all the same to me
    03/21/2016 04:07 PM MDT - When the lights came on, I blinked. We'd been dancing in the dark for an hour, and as Charlie Puth finished his chorus, I was truly lost to the music. Full Story

    The China Monologues: A Northern Vietnam adventure
    02/22/2016 06:19 PM MST - As I rolled over in the semi-reclined sleeper bus seat, I came face to face with a pair of feet. Big, slightly pungent feet, just inches from my face. With a sigh, I rolled onto my back. I stared up at the neon strip lighting , my long legs cocked to the side, and listened as 15 or so Vietnamese men snored. It was going to be a long night. 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

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