You can hopefully guess my name from the title of this blog. My Chinese name is 郭嘉明(guo1 jia1 ming2) and my Tibetan name is apparently བཀྲ་ཤིས་དོན་འགྲུབ (Tashi Dondrup). I hail from the underappreciated city of Philadelphia, PA, USA. I studied environmental studies and political theory (with a generous soupcon of French and 一点点 Chinese) at Bowdoin College in Maine; during the academic summers I worked as a backpacking and ice-climbing guide in McCarthy, Alaska. After graduating, I left the US to seek my (non-financial) fortune in northwestern China’s Qinghai province, a beautiful and remote region on the northeastern Tib. plateau which (thankfully) most outsiders ignore. For three years, I was privileged to teach high school English to some of the most fantastic kids imaginable. During rare spells of free time, I took to wandering about the Plateau in search of nothing in particular. I’m now living in San Francisco, where I build international programs in China and get lost running the trails of the bay area. I enjoy running, hiking/climbing/skiing/ adventuring, hummus, hotpot dinners, and playing romantic piano pieces that are loud enough to wake people up at night.
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