First Impressions of Teaching English in China

First Impressions of Teaching English in China

We’ve been living in China for almost a month now, and I thought it was about time to discuss our first impressions of teaching in this Country. Prior to moving to China we had never met anyone who had taught here, and had only what we read online and other people’s experience teaching in other Asian Countries to go on. It turns out, teaching in a private language centre in China isn’t like we thought it would be at all….

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Celebrating the Mid-Autumn Festival in Ningbo

Celebrating the Mid-Autumn Festival in Ningbo

Hearing that a Chinese National Holiday was soon approaching brought feelings of intrigue to Seb and I. Knowing that China is steeped in tradition, we guessed it would be an interesting time to celebrate, but being in China for such a short amount of time we had no idea what to expect. We didn’t even know what the Mid-Autumn Festival was for!   What is the Mid-Autumn Festival? Surprisingly, our Chinese colleagues didn’t know a lot about the festival origins, simply…

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Moon Lake Park- An Oasis in Ningbo City

Moon Lake Park- An Oasis in Ningbo City

Ningbo isn’t an ugly, loud or busy City by any means, but it always feel good for us to escape the hustle and bustle and take some time to relax. I crave the feeling of knowing there’s nowhere I need to be, no place that I need to go. No rush. I love to surround myself with beautiful nature; I find it very calming and it allows me to gather my thoughts. It gives me more inspiration than anything else….

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Living in China: Our Set-Up Costs

Living in China: Our Set-Up Costs

Something Seb and I didn’t expect was how much we would need to spend to get ourselves set up here in China. We thought we’d be able to rock up with just our suitcases and start our new lives- we were very wrong! I’m sure it will differ in every case as to what you’ll need when moving to China, but I wanted to create this post to encourage people to set some money aside for start up costs- our…

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A New Apartment in Ningbo

A New Apartment in Ningbo

Before Seb and I arrived in China, our school advised us that we could live in a shared apartment with other foreign teachers and Chinese staff. Initially we were informed it was free, and later found out it would be around £100 a month all in. Now, ever the scrimpers and savers we decided that we would make the ‘dorm’ (as it’s nicknamed by everyone here) our home for the next year so that we could save as much money as…

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Our First Impressions of China

Our First Impressions of China

Wow, where do we even begin with this one? The last week and a half has been an emotional roller coaster- I don’t think my mood has ever been this changeable before! China is both the best Country I’ve ever been to and the worst at the same time. There are some parts that we adore- so much so that we’re already talking about the possibility of extending our stay here (but I refuse to make plans now so there’ll…

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Ramblings on a plane at 2am

Ramblings on a plane at 2am

This is a slightly edited version of some writing I did on the plane from Bangkok to Shanghai (edited in that I needed to edit some sentences to make sure they made sense and portrayed what I wanted them to say). It’s a bit of a different vein to my usual posts but I was feeling emotional and a bit fed up and I thought it was really important to shows the more difficult parts of our journey as well…

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The Best Cheap Restaurants in Chiang Mai

The Best Cheap Restaurants in Chiang Mai

As per usual, one of the highlights of our time in Chiang Mai has been trying out all the delicious, cheap restaurants that we can. We choose where to eat (and where to return to) based off of two main things: Trip Advisor ratings and the ‘feel’ of a restaurant. If we don’t like the feel we get from somewhere then we are unlikely to return there again! As I write this, we are leaving Chiang Mai, and I thought…

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Seb’s Leg – Episode 1

Seb’s Leg – Episode 1

As I have mentioned in my ‘about’ section, I am starting a series following my quest to get tattooed in every country we visit on our travels, and here is the first instalment! Where to begin…? So it started a few months before we left the UK; being someone who enjoys getting tattooed I was thinking of a way to make memories and remember them in a way other than just taking endless photographs. Then it hit me, why not get…

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If you can’t take the heat, get out of the Thai kitchen

If you can’t take the heat, get out of the Thai kitchen

Seb and I have wanted to do a Thai cooking class for a long time now, but for some reason kept putting it off until this trip. It was only when we kept walking past the same cooking school every day that we decided to take a look, and after much deliberation we shelled out the 800 baht per person (£17.62) for a half day course. The cooking school we chose is called Asia Scenic, and it’s located on Rachadamneon Rd….

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