Amber McKinney’s CNH Blog

Being that I’ve barely been out of the state, let alone the country I’ve noticed many changes –most I have an appreciation for. To start, I will never again underestimate the value of toilet tissue ever again. Upon arriving at the Guiyang airport, I noticed these toilet bowls in the ground, better known as squatty potties –and you have to bring your own tissue. You’d think I’d have learned my lesson after the first time, but no. I forgot another two times before I caught on. The squatting is easy to get adapted to. When you gotta go you gottaRead More

15JUN – Jiangkou and Tongren

The majority of our time in Guizhou has been spent in the towns of Jiangkou and Tongren. Prior to arrival, I hoped to do a bit of research about each of these places in order to get a feel for what to expect. Internet research in the English language, however, revealed little about either of these places. From prior conversations with research group members and reserve staff, I had the impression that Jiangkou was little more than a small village and Tongren a provincial town. The realities were much different than my expectations. Both are vibrant places: full with bustlingRead More