Our first lengthy trip in China, and arguably the most memorable. We were able to tick two major destinations off (Xi’an and Beijing), whilst also exploring the lesser known Tianjin. The northern city of Harbin was particularly special, being our home during the Chinese New Year celebrations.
Having completed a short trip to Zhangjiajie, we thought it would be nice to start writing itineraries! We spent two shorts days there, but found that we had seen so many amazing places, and didn’t feel too pressured for time.
On the 29th July 2017, Menna and I stood proudly in our graduation gowns having just received our degrees – marking an end to our time at Swansea University.
James Cameron’s Avatar is the highest grossing film of all time.
Upon it’s release in 2009, I – being only thirteen years old – was taken back and astounded by the creativity and spectacular visual effects that the film displayed.
Over the past ten months, we have experienced many ups and downs of teaching and indeed living, abroad. Whilst there are some drawbacks (which will be discussed on a separate blog), we firmly believe that the benefits of teaching abroad far outweigh the negatives.
In frustrating yet amusing fashion, she went at snail’s pace towards our desired location; grinning at the determined and panicky faces of Menna and I in her dash mirror.
Arguably the greatest disappointment of a football supporters’ life is that they may end up supporting Manchester United.
Here are our ‘Top Ten Chinese Phrases’ that help us navigate our way through living in China.
I cook most days and immerse myself in the culture elsewhere.
One of the biggest hurdles I faced when moving to China was the food. It sounds ridiculous, I know.
Preferably somewhere where they speak more English, and Pizza is more readily available.
If you didn’t already know, Chinese cities are categorised into ‘tiers’. There are four tiers in the system, all of which are assessed and placed depending on population, politics, and gross domestic product.
Standing side by side, curious eyes would inadvertently dart up and down, from my bare legs to Menna’s hair. Up down. Up down. Up down.
Menna and I agree on very little. She loves selfies, I love seclusion. She loves pineapple on pizza. I love pineapple far from pizza. She insists on dinner before eight. I insist on after eights for dinner.