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The Learning Curve

The Learning Curve

The month of October ushered in cooler weather and the start of the new academic year. It also brought a new set of tests on the subject of learning to live and work the Hangzhou way.  Here’s a look at the hi lights of the month. In China, the fall semester usually starts one week before the weeklong National Day and Autumn Festival. This year was no different. I was happy to meet my students before the break—all 54 of…

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Summer Job in Wenzhou

Summer Job in Wenzhou

August brought on the start of fall and my first summer job in China. With the cooler weather came a wonderful experience deep in the mountainous area of Zhejiang Province. Here’s a look at the adventure. Wenzhou (WZ) is a bustling, mountainous region about three hours south of Hangzhou (HZ). The close proximity to my city made getting there relatively easy. The university I taught at is tucked away in the rural area of the WZ. You would never think…

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Summer Tour in Shanghai

Summer Tour in Shanghai

This month ushered in the first day of summer and an array of exciting experiences in China. Several months ago I began taking an online Chinese course. One day I received an email from the course administrators to take part in an educational and culture tour of Shanghai and the surrounding areas. I applied for the position and to my delight, I received an invitation to join! In about two months, I would be heading to Shanghai with about 29…

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Hanging Out in Hainan

Hanging Out in Hainan

This month, a lovely five day weekend saw me in sunny Sanya, Hainan. Known as China’s Hawaii, I was eager to visit this place and see what it had to offer—which was quite a lot! Read on to see how I spent my time, hanging out in Hainan. Hainan is China’s Southernmost province and it’s biggest island. Over 2,000 years ago, the Han Chinese first settled on the island. The largest of the 39 ethnic groups include the H’mong and…

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Beginner in Beijing

Beginner in Beijing

This month I took my first trip to Beijing. Just as I thought it would, the old Capital checked many boxes: great food, warm people, and loads of history. Here’s a look at the highlights of my trip. After traveling by train the previous night, I did not want to get out of bed on Saturday morning. I had done quite a bit of wandering to find the place the night before, and my bones were begging to lay in…

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The Kindness of Strangers

The Kindness of Strangers

This month marked the end of winter vacation and the long trip back to North Asia. While saying goodbye to family and friends is never easy, I was excited to be heading back for second semester. For this post, I’d like to talk about a very special experience that occurred within my first few hours back in China. Read on to find out about my incredible encounter and how God works in mysterious ways. After arriving in China, I had…

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Top 5 Moments in 2016

Top 5 Moments in 2016

       Happy New Year to Family and Friends Around the World!!!   As we reflect on the trials and triumphs of the last 12 months, I am reminded that it has been a challenging and exciting year. From new adventures abroad and life lessons around the world, I would like to share what I believe are 2016’s biggest moments. 5-Arriving in Korea After living in West Africa for nearly two years, I was more than excited to leave…

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Life in Henan Province

Life in Henan Province

HAPPY THANKSGIVING TO FAMILY AND FRIENDS BACK HOME AND AROUND THE WORLD!! Life in Henan is very unique. There aren’t many places left in the world where life moves at a slow and steady, almost methodical pace. The attitude of the people is modern, yet traditional. Their habits and activities are innovative, yet remnant of the past. In this post, I will discuss some of my observations of the people of Henan Province, China. Food is an integral part of life….

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Farewell Korea, Hello Middle Kingdom!

Farewell Korea, Hello Middle Kingdom!

This month marks a new and exciting chapter in my travels. Not long ago, I said farewell to Korea, packed my bags, and headed to the Middle Kingdom for my new teaching job. After countless job inquiries, a couple interviews, and several prayers, I finally came one step closer to my dream job: working with adults in the education field at the university level. Hired by a university in Henan Province, China, I accepted a position of teaching conversational English…

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Time for Thailand II

Time for Thailand II

With a little extra free time on my hands, I decided to take another vacation before beginning my new teaching job. Of course I chose Thailand again, the Land of Smiles. This time I circled my way around the country, making some new friends along the way. During my first trip to Thailand back in July, I didn’t get the chance to explore the lively city, so I spent a few days there. The condo I rented, calm and cozy,…

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