• I'm Not There: Turkey in the pool - 11/27/2016 04:11 PM MST
    (Alexandra Sieh / Colorado Daily)
    The China MonologuesThe 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. 
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    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

    The China Monologues: No such thing as normal
    01/28/2016 06:55 AM MST - No such thing as normal I think we can all admit Boulder's a bit ... odd. Walking to a lunch meeting on Pearl Street, I nearly ran into a woman playing bagpipes while staring at a man strolling by on a pair of stilts. Full Story

    Entertainment: A Boulder bar for every Buff
    01/14/2016 08:42 PM MST - Oh, Boulder nightlife. A collection of bars in which we all throw respectability to the wind and bump 'n' grind like we don't have to work tomorrow. Full Story

    Entertainment: Your Boulder bucket list
    01/14/2016 08:41 PM MST - To all you wide-eyed freshman fresh straight out of the parents' house, and the seniors staring down the "real world" commitments of the near future: Sure classes and GPAs are crucial, but so is making the most out of these four (or five, six, seven, eight) years. Full Story

    Know Your Columnist: Sieh, 'China Monologues'
    01/14/2016 08:33 PM MST - Alexandra Sieh pens the column "China Monologues" for the Colorado Daily every other Tuesday. The Daily's former nightlife columnist has embarked on a journey overseas, where she reports back with us on life, culture and adventures as she is teaching English to children in Beijing. Full Story

    Entertainment: Boulder fun for under-21ers
    01/14/2016 08:46 PM MST - Sure, turning 21 feels great — a milestone that gets you a new ID and access to the bar scene. But I assure you, the novelty fades quickly amid hangovers and empty wallets. Full Story

    The China Monologues: Evolution of an expat
    01/14/2016 03:53 PM MST - "When you come back home, you'll be different," my father said a week before my move to China. "How could you not be?" Would I? Aside from knowing some Chinese, I couldn't imagine how. But now, even looking in the mirror, I can see it. Full Story

    The China Monologues: The Grinch of Beijing
    12/28/2015 09:46 PM MST - For weeks, I insisted my Christmas-obsessed pal limit herself to one carol a week. The Chinese halls were decked in multicolored snowflakes and government-approved Santa faces. Hark, the cafes' loud speakers rang with "We Wish You A Merry Christmas" and "Feliz Navidad."  Full Story

    The China Monologues: An appetite adventure
    12/14/2015 08:22 PM MST - Now, here in Beijing my mantra has become: "Don't ask, Alex, just eat." (Especially after I've been told, "that's sheep cartilage," or, "I'm actually not sure.") It's no longer *if* I'll try something, but *when.*  Full Story

    The China Monologues: Finding the trust in travel
    11/30/2015 10:03 PM MST - "How well do you even know Jim?" my mother asked me before I moved to China. Full Story

    The China Monologues: Redefining comforts in China
    11/18/2015 12:20 PM MST - I'm finding my comforts of Colorado seem to be lacking overseas. Take my bed. When I moved into a furnished apartment in China, I plopped on the bed only to immediately worry I'd bruised my tailbone. OK, it's not that hard, but after a few months I'm fairly sure it's only a box spring with minimal fluffs of padding atop a slab of wood. Full Story

    A Boulder bar for every type
    08/27/2015 05:19 PM MDT - You're not going to go wrong hitting up any bar in town. Boulder's got you hooked up as far as a fun night out goes. But we all have those friends who are looking for something. Like the girl who's not-so-secretly hoping to make out with a stranger. Or the guy convinced he can play the shit out of pool, but actually just plays like shit. Or ... you get the picture. So it's best to know what you're getting into. Let your sexy bar smarts be your defining characteristic when you go out. At least until the booze kicks in and you become the one who, once you start dancing, your friends conveniently forget your name. 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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    Second Story Garage: Bandits

    Boulder is pretty good at producing rock bands, and by "rock," we mean the in-your-face, guitar-heavy, leather-clad variety — you know, the good kind. For a prime example, look no farther than BANDITS. Full Story

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