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Amusing oneself abroad

February 22, 2013

My first time abroad was dominated by my attempts to teach my little brother to walk and trying to watch as much TV in English as possible. We lived in a hotel for a few months until our parents found a house and bought furniture.

This was Taiwan in 1994 and there was no cable in the hotel. There was a black and white “Casper” cartoon at noon that was in English (feverishly watching, it seemed to me it was over in 2 minutes…) and a wildly-inappropriate-for-little-kids soap opera called “Strong Medicine” that came on after my bedtime, which I sometimes succeeded in wheedling my parents into letting me watch.

My main conversational strong suit in those days was to answer the question, asked in Chinese- “Do you speak Chinese?”, with the Chinese phrase for “A little bit”. And that was all I knew how to say.

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  1. February 22, 2013 10:32 pm

    This is so great! I grew up in Taiwan so I know exactly what you mean about knowing how to say “A little bit.” That wasn’t all I was able to say, but it’s what I was best at. 🙂

  2. February 22, 2013 11:51 pm

    This is more than a little bit adorable! Love.

  3. Julie permalink
    February 23, 2013 12:31 am

    LOOK AT THAT SMILE! the smile of a star.

  4. Anonymous permalink
    April 13, 2013 10:30 pm

    Actually this was your second or third time that you were overseas…I have a photo of you wearing your sari in Oman and riding a tuk-tuk in Thailand when you were 2-3 years old.

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