(Before you begin reading, I have one small request: if you start reading this post, please read all the way to the end.) Living abroad is amazing and crazy and magical and everything you want it to be, but it’s also hard. I know that all of my blog posts have been so positive, but … More January 9: The Realities of Living Abroad
Hello all, and happy New Year! (scroll down if you just want to see a bunch of pictures) 2018 was a crazy year for me. 2018 was truly the year of beginnings and endings. In 2018, I started and finished a poetry collection for my senior paper, I graduated from college with a B.A. in … More January 1, 2019: New Year!
Merry Christmas from Shanghai!! My life has been crazy this month, which I will catch you all up on in the next week. But for now, here’s how I’m celebrating Christmas!!! I have about a thousand pictures to post, so scroll to the bottom for those! Note: they don’t celebrate Christmas in China, so many … More December 23: Christmas in Shanghai!
Here’s all of the new updates in my life! … More December 5: Major Updates
This week I want to talk a little bit about my job as a teacher! Before leaving, I got asked a lot of questions about what types of things I would teach, how I would know what to teach, if I would be able to communicate with my students, etc. I figured it was finally … More November 14: Teaching in China
I have been in China for close to three months now and obviously there’s a lot of things I haven’t done yet. One of those things was leaving Shanghai. I literally had never left the city, so I decided to change that. This past weekend (Wednesday and Thursday), I went to Hangzhou. (Get ready for … More November 9: Weekend in Hangzhou
I knew before coming to China that ‘American Chinese food’ was going to be different from what is actually eaten in China. During my first day or two, I learned that not only is it different, but it’s just a really inaccurate representation of Chinese food. (One thing to keep in mind when talking about … More November 1: Food
As many obstacles as I face when I travel, none of them are as difficult as getting back home is. … More The hardest part of traveling: coming home
I’ve been in China for quite a while, and my work schedule is finally regular. I have my own classes and I’m almost (in like 3 more days) finished with my probation period. So, I thought I would share with you all what my typical day looks like! Mondays, Tuesdays, and Fridays: I wake up … More October 16: A typical day
Traveling with a backpack only has become my favorite thing. Since I’ve started travelling exclusively with a backpack, I’ve heard all the arguments saying that rolling bags are much better because it’s not as difficult to carry, but I’m here to show you that even though that might be true, backpacks are better. Why should … More The Smart Travelers Guide to Backpacks