(Alexandra Sieh / Colorado Daily)
The China MonologuesThe China Monologues: Frozen city was loaded with surprises

01/07/2019 06:24 PM MST
At every turn, Harbin kept surprising me. This frozen city, far up in the northeast — a stone's throw from Russia . 
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The China Monologues: Change takes time and commitment
12/26/2018 06:40 PM MST - "Are you serious?" "Hold on, just give me a minute ..." A few more seconds of fussing and the zipper was up. Full Story

The China Monologues: I like weird words, and I cannot lie
12/11/2018 12:57 PM MST - A few weeks ago, my good friend (and Chinese tutor) told me the good news: She had taken her first steps in creating her own company. Full Story

The China Monologues: Thankful to celebrate my way (or not at all)
11/27/2018 12:50 PM MST - "So, how was your night last night?" I looked up, confused. I had just sat down for my Chinese class and was a bit baffled by my teacher's question. Full Story

The China Monologues: Our own little hutong laoshu
11/13/2018 12:24 PM MST - "Uh ... what was that?" "What?" "Was that a ... is there a mouse in here?" "Oh come on, of course n—" Shit. Full Story

The China Monologues: Stress, support and sassy students
10/30/2018 01:21 PM MDT - This past week was a long one. With a couple of teachers out, a few of us had to make up the difference. Full Story

The 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. Full Story

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

(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: 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