I arrived at Zhejiang University in Hangzhou, China, equipped with a suitcase, knapsack, spring in my step, vibrant smile, and badly accented "ni hao". Within a week, I was homesick and lonely.
Then Aipa came into my life. I barely noticed her at first, but she became a sort of running companion, loping swiftly along at a distance.
One day, while I was doing push-ups on the grass, Aipa quizzically studying my face, she suddenly got up, took a step forward, then wagged forward and touched the tip of her nose to mine. "Aipa", I whispered, recalling the Inuit tradition of rubbing noses and their word for "companion".
Many moons later and as inseparable as ever, I strive to provide the best for my little Aipa, just as she did for me. Funds are highly limiting for a university student, yet I won't compromise Aipa's health or happiness for anything. So we cut out the un-essentials, avoid trends, and stay with what we have for a long time. We select the healthiest foods and purchase the most comfortable and rugged gear, which we won't need to replace. I make my own healthy treats and provide the recipes here free of charge.
What we feature here, to share with you and your own special companion, are only those highest-quality essentials, offered at the affordability we've become adept at finding.