Blog Archive

February 2018

Book Review: The Circle, by Dave Eggers

For the first time I can remember in a long while, I did not have the endurance to make it through a book. The Circle was patronizing, immature, and (as others have already mentioned) offered nothing new to the conversation.

Feb 24, 2018

January 2018

The Infamous Liebster Award

As an encouragement to continue sharing my thoughts and experiences online, a person near and dear to my heart nominated me for the Liebster Award.

Jan 28, 2018

May 2017

Access vs. Ownership

Recently I came across advertising online for a new co-living experiment taking place in Los Angeles. The name of the startup is PodShare. Essentially, the goal is to provide customers with location-independent access to a minimal set of resources necessary to live and work effectively in an urban environment.

May 29, 2017

June 2016

The Tea

When in China, drink like the Chinese drink. That’s the goal, and the beverage of choice over here is, as you probably know, tea.

Jun 15, 2016

The Environment

So many of my experiences in Hangzhou are relatively small excursions: individually, they aren’t worth an entire blog post, but they amount to quite a bit when added up! At the same time, a “Miscellaneous” blog post should honestly be saved for the end of a trip, so I’ll try my best to theme this one as more nature-related.

Jun 09, 2016

The Food

There’s one big problem with food in China: more often than not, when you try to photograph it, it’s already escaped you.

Jun 02, 2016

May 2016

The Climb

For just about every weekday morning here in China, I wake up around 6:00 and, after some morning prayer, I set off across campus to a little mountain trail called “The 1000 Steps” for some exercise.

May 24, 2016

The Room

What does day-to-day life look like for an international student living at Zhejiang International University in Hangzhou? Many factors come into play, including food, physical activity, and social events–but it seemed appropriate to first introduce my dorm room: my “home away from home” so to speak.

May 22, 2016

The Middle Country

Who would have guessed that one day I would be saying hello from China? Over the next few weeks, I’ll be doing my best to chronicle my journey through a Study Abroad experience in Hangzhou, across the world from my Raleigh hometown.

May 19, 2016

October 2015

Hello World

What is this blog about? Who is Neill Robson? The Rattle?! I’ll try to cover some of those burning questions right here–probably just as much for my benefit as yours.

Oct 02, 2015