3 Reasons To Say Yes to Moving Abroad + Why I Went Back to China During Covid

There are so many things stressful and difficult about living abroad. I am sharing three reasons from my pro list that had me saying yes to moving back across the world during the aftermath of a pandemic.

Three Lessons I Have Learned from 2021 so Far

It’s ok to still not be ok.  We had great hopes that with 2021 would come an end to all the struggles we faced in 2020.  That magically the new year would bring with it a fresh start and a new beginning.  I don’t know about anyone else, but 2021 started off just as badContinue reading “Three Lessons I Have Learned from 2021 so Far”

That One Time I Didn’t Leave China: Daily Experiences in the Midst of Coronavirus

Hi Everyone! I’m Christina and I work with Bri in China. This was the first holiday that I’ve decided to stay in the country I work in for a long holiday and lo and behold: Coronavirus. Officially I can now say that staying at home for about 23 hours a day for the third weekContinue reading “That One Time I Didn’t Leave China: Daily Experiences in the Midst of Coronavirus”

Where I’m From

I’m from patiently waiting until the VCR rewinds. So I can watch The Beast throw open the doors of a literary heaven for his unwanted guest. The panning of the camera taking in the inky collection of far away places and periods ready to be explored. I’m from conversations on the side of my grandmother’sContinue reading “Where I’m From”

Introversion Excursion: Venturing Out of Storybooks and Writing a Story All My Own

*Peeks head out* I’m doing this. I’m actually doing this. Wow. The vacation time was approved and my plane tickets, visa, passport, and new driver’s license was all in order. I’m packed and on my way to LAX. I can’t believe it. I’m actually going. I’ll be fine. It’s going to be fine. ANYONE whoContinue reading “Introversion Excursion: Venturing Out of Storybooks and Writing a Story All My Own”

Five Things I Did to Teach Myself Chinese and Pass HSK 3 in 9 Months

This morning, I received my HSK results! You may be able to tell from the title, but I PASSED! Yay me! When I moved at the beginning of August, I was determined to learn Mandarin during my time here. I love languages, and picking them up has always come easy to me. While I hadContinue reading “Five Things I Did to Teach Myself Chinese and Pass HSK 3 in 9 Months”

Sleeper Train Adventures: Tea Picking in Meijiawu Village

It happened y’all. I found a place to pick tea. My last day in Hangzhou I woke up with positive thoughts, telling myself I just had to get outside and it will all work out. After breakfast I set out for Meijiawu Village, another area in Hangzhou famous for it’s tea fields. I wasn’t inContinue reading “Sleeper Train Adventures: Tea Picking in Meijiawu Village”

Sleeper Train Adventures: Longjing Village and Dragon Well Tea

We started off our first full day in Hangzhou eating breakfast at our hotel. It was nice to finally have a day where we didn’t have to wake up and rush somewhere. This was the part of the trip that I had planned the least. I only had one goal for the last leg ofContinue reading “Sleeper Train Adventures: Longjing Village and Dragon Well Tea”

Sleeper Train Adventures: Two Mountain Hotels with Great Views

We woke up early on our second day in Beijing to make our way back down to the city and catch our afternoon train to Hangzhou. Waking up to the view of the Great Wall outside our window really made me question our decision to no stay an extra night. However we had to makeContinue reading “Sleeper Train Adventures: Two Mountain Hotels with Great Views”