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Black market is awesome, despite the fact that they think you’re kidding when you ask for a pair of size 12 shoes. But I did have luck buying a new keychain, a ‘manopla’, for $3. “Misti”, the volcano, was taken from my roof, and during the rainy season in which I am currently in, it’s rare to get a clear view. 

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Degen Hill

About: Degen Hill is a travel junkie, gym enthusiast, and avid writer who currently resides in Beijing. He is a 28-year-old graduate of Eastern Washington University where he studied Spanish & Communications and quickly learned that life's too short to not travel. Degen is aggressively realistic, open-minded, sarcastic, curious, and results-driven.

Currently: Degen graduated from Tsinghua University with a Master's of Chinese Politics and Foreign Policy in Beijing. He is now a reporter and editor for the political magazine China Today (今日中国). His Chinese language ability is a work in progress and enjoys the challenge. He is currently living in Andingmen (Right above the Forbidden City).