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.

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”

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: The Great Wall Off the Beaten Path Jiankou Section

We arrived in Beijing at 7 am, after twelve and a half hours on our sleeper train from Xi’an. We headed straight to Tian’anmen Square and the Forbidden City. But, I’m just going to skip right past our morning around there and get straight to the fun stuff. The Great Wall of China. Cue travelContinue reading “Sleeper Train Adventures: The Great Wall Off the Beaten Path Jiankou Section”

Sleeper Train Adventures:Day trip to Xi’an

Long distance trains are my favorite means of travel. I don’t have to drive, but I still have the freedom of making all the stops I want. Sleeper trains offer the same flexibility, with the added benefit of not having to pay for a place to sleep. Our train ride from Kunshan was ten andContinue reading “Sleeper Train Adventures:Day trip to Xi’an”

Black in China: Sifting for Everyday Small Talk

Our 5 day train adventure has been in the works for months. It’s difficult to plan extended trips with others, but nothing compares to planning a trip with someone living across the world. Time zones and work schedules have to be worked around. Tons of picture messages and links of places to stay and thingsContinue reading “Black in China: Sifting for Everyday Small Talk”

Spring Disney Inspirational Run

This past weekend I finally got back to running. Between experiencing my first actual winter and avoiding air pollution, it has been difficult to get outside and run. I have been looking forward to this run for months, especially after watching the Kunshan Marathon a few weeks ago. This is the first run where IContinue reading “Spring Disney Inspirational Run”