Today is a day that, when I first came to China, I never thought I’d celebrate. It’s now the 12th August 2015 (in China, anyway) and that mark’s my 3rd year on Chinese soil (my Chinaversary!). I never dreamt that I would be here for so long. So, to celebrate and reminisce, this post will look back at all the good times – and bad – that I’ve had here.
Style Chinese people here will more than happily head outside in their pyjamas, work out at the gym in their jeans and heels and lift their T-shirts above their nipples in warmer weather. This being the case, has led to me also having some questionable fashion choices on more than one occasion.
Friends I’ve met some amazing people during my time here. Goodbyes and a traveller’s lifestyle go hand in hand. No one likes goodbyes, but the memories and friendships I’ve made with these people have been fantastic. And, whenever we reunite, I know we’ll have just as much fun every time.
Food Everyone loves food, especially the Chinese! There are a few questionable numbers thrown onto your plate at times, but the food I’m willing to eat (which sure is a lot now) is delicious! Don’t get me wrong, I still crave my western treats at time, but I now find myself craving real Chinese food when I’m at home, too.
Work I’ve had various jobs since living in China. I started out as an English teacher for Grade 1. There I taught classes of up to 50 five year olds. I also taught private adult classes in the evening. I moved to Chengdu and become a teacher at a training school. Here I taught classes of 1 – 4 children or adults. I also dabbled in a bit of voice recording. Next time you’re using an English book in school, I could well be that British female voice you hear on the CD. I wrote sentences for a company. And most recently I wrote scripts and acted in over 4000 videos for the leading English learning app in China. How about that for a colourful CV?
Study After spending a year and a half working in China, I decided to do something more with my time and finally enrol on a degree programme at Sichuan University where I am currently studying Chinese. That’s not all I’ve learnt since being here though!
Experiences Of course, living, working and studying in China comes with many new experiences. I’ve climbed mountains, bathed in hot springs, travelled to countless colourful cities, eaten unknown meats and more!
Visitors One of my favourite times here was showing my parents around. Understandably, they were a little reserved about my initial decision to move to China. But, after a visit across the pond, they could see why I’m here doing what I’m doing. And I’ll be able to show them around even more next year! (note to Mum and Dad: it’s published on the internet now so you have to book your flights!)
Special Mentions Each and every person I’ve met here is a very special person. They’ve all decided to leave the life they know, experience a completely different culture and made this experience ever so slightly better. I’ve picked up a few furry friends along the way, and one extra special person to join me in this weird and wonderful journey <3
China you drive me crazy, but I love you. Let the good times keep on coming.