Happy Anniversary

I know. I know. It’s been awhile since I’ve posted a blog about our adventures in China. Well I decided to take a summer hiatus from writing. You know, like your favorite TV series. Just a break while I regroup and come back with a fresh new outlook and new experiences. Don’t worry. We haven’t stopped with the adventure and I’ve got plenty to write about.

This weekend marks our 1 year anniversary of working, living and exploring in China. Can you believe it? The year went super fast for me. Greg? I’m not so sure. That’s a promotion for the upcoming season of Square Melons. Stay tuned as I resume writing this weekend.

In the meantime. Here’s a re-post and reminder of why I branded this blog Square Melons. Enjoy.


Ever heard of, seen or purchased a square watermelon? The topic came up at lunch while chatting with some co-workers. As we typically do, someone at the table Googled “Square Watermelons” to find that the Japanese began in 2001, growing watermelons in square containers so they would fit better into a typical Japanese refrigerator.

The conversation got me thinking. Isn’t it interesting how something as familiar as watermelon can become “weird?” The fruit taste the same. The color, texture and pattern on the skin is all the same. So what’s the big deal? Why does this one change in shape make it so strange? Why does it take you outside your comfort zone?

As Greg and I begin our Asian Adventure with a move to Shanghai, China we’re going to take advantage of all the “weird” experiences. We’re going to explore the differences and celebrate the things that are familiar. We’ll look for experiences that just might be the same with perhaps a different twist.

Square Melons. A phrase to remind ourselves to look for what’s familiar in a world that seems so different.

4 thoughts on “Happy Anniversary

  1. Julie Resnick says:

    Happy 1 year anniversary to you both:)

    julie resnick | intercultural consultant | linkedin.com/in/resnickjulie | zoomuganda.org

  2. Kerry Tymchuk says:

    I can’t wait for the next episode!

  3. Maggie says:

    WOW, it’s already 1 year?! Congratulations!! been waiting on your next update!!

  4. Farris, Nelson says:

    ! Year. Yikes. And a great year of “Square Melons ” from you. It sure made it entertaining for us……and we didn’t have to deal with the pollution…. Now into the second year. Have fun.

    Cheers, Nelson

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