I love how despite the immense heat, scratchy dryness and travel tiredness, she remained incomparably optimistic, grateful and beautiful.
Its been almost 2 months since Christmas (AKA my favourite time of the year), and I’m getting post holiday blues with no major events upcoming! Last Christmas was a little different to many other Christmas’ for me, because I didn’t get to spend it in the UK with my family. **cry**
Every photo I’ve taken has a story of its own, and I love nothing more than to glance through them and remind myself of the fond experiences we’ve had.
The best purchase I’ve made in the last few years has been my Panasonic Lumix TZ70 Camera.
I’m sitting here writing this on the eve of travelling to South Korea for 10 days, wondering how I got so lucky as to be able to do all of this.
The last time I wrote a blog post, we were living in smoggy, tier three, Xiangyang. Now, that living experience didn’t come without its benefits; we became really appreciative of the western luxuries that we took for granted, and being thrown into a city where they spoke next to no English really forced us to immerse ourselves in the culture.
While our first trip, Xi’an, Tianjin, Beijing, Harbin, focused on some of the most famous landmarks in China, the upcoming itinerary will lay great emphasis on exploring one of China’s most iconic cities – Shanghai – and the surrounding area.
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.