Pickling jar at the local restaurant: 0 dollars.

Tips on pickling green beans from students who know: 0 dollars.

6 hours of Mandarin lessons each week from a College Teacher: 0 dollars.

Quiet walks through hidden neighborhoods: 0 dollars.

Half husk of cooked corn from a complete stranger on the bus: 0 dollars.

Soccer Shoes: 2 dollars.

Umbrella: 2 dollars.

Living in China: You got it – Priceless.

Some things in life don’t cost anything. For everything else, there’s my living allowance.

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