Wild Goose’s Simon eats, speaks Chinese

Lydia Simon is proud to be the Gallery and Operations Manager at Wild Goose Creative, a community arts organization where she manages 320-plus events connecting arts and audiences each year. Wild Goose Creative's next gallery show is “From Columbus With Love,” where 15 local artists will be depicting the city of Columbus from their perspective. The opening is Saturday, Feb. 2, 6-9 p.m. at Wild Goose Creative. Here are a few things Simon loves.

Vivi Bubble Tea
If the bubble-gum pink interiors don't convince you enough, this shop's authentic Taiwanese bubble teas are to die for. From the traditional milk tea with tapioca balls to a colorful drink called the “Blue Galaxy,” Vivi is my favorite amongst the growing number of bubble tea places in Columbus.

Give Yoga
I never thought I would like going to yoga class until I left in a blissful daze after my first class at Give Yoga a year ago. I frequent the newly remodeled studio in Clintonville, but they've also got one in German Village. They teach in the style of Baptiste Power yoga, which encourages a supportive yet athletically challenging practice.

Learning Mandarin
I've been studying Chinese for over a decade, and I still feel like I just started. While I was getting my MA degree in Chinese from OSU, I researched cultural policy in two of Beijing's famous arts districts, 798 Arts District and Songzhuang Artist Village. My ultimate dream is to take Columbus art collectors to Beijing and introduce them to Chinese contemporary art!

Our collaborative arts scene
The Columbus arts scene is special because it's uplifting. Artists are always collaborating and arts organizations are always partnering. We learn from each other and feel stronger together. By collaborating, artists and organizations are able to engage new audiences and offer new and exciting programming.

Peking Hot Pot
If you've never tried hot pot before, I suggest you try Peking Hot Pot on Bethel Road. It's kind of like fondue but wayyy cheaper and better. It's great for a big meal with friends, meetings, or you can just go by yourself. It's pretty much good for any occasion.