Travel Thursdays

I never really wrote an in-depth post about our “honeymoon” in Yunnan, mentioning the trip and posting a few photos when I accepted the Liebster Award.

“Honeymoon” hence forth will be in quotations because the trip included my youngest sister, and friends, who were also colleagues of mine at Xi’an International Studies University.

I’d describe it more as a trip that just so happened to precede our wedding ceremony.

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Guest Post: Travel to Sri Lanka, A Whole Different World

Although Natalya’s post transcends the boundaries of China, AMWF, and Xi’an, it gets to the heart of the benefits of travel, living abroad, and expatriating. Seeing a country and its culture firsthand, no matter whether you travel to Sri Lanka or China, has lifelong consequences. Natalya’s story also highlights the conversational bluntness and giggles, friendliness, fresh fruits and vegetables at every corner that I experienced whilst in China. 

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If anyone visits Sri Lanka from a modern country, they are in for culture shock. That is what happened to me when I went there. One of my parents originally came from Sri Lanka, so I had already experienced some of their native culture, but it was not enough to prepare me for actually living in the country, which I did for three months. I went to visit family, and I was expecting that it would be different from what I was used to, but I was not expecting that it would be like a completely different world, which it was.

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Guest Post: Q & A with Speaking of China

I’m excited to have “virtually” sat down with Jocelyn, the writer, blogger, and creator behind Speaking of China. She’s inspired me to pursue topics that haven’t always been the easiest to put pen to paper

We discussed how she ended up in China, learned the language, the places and foods that delight her, also sneaking in an inquiry about Xi’an, her AMWF marriage, juggling the blogging-work-life balance, and what she’s been working on recently. 

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On the streets of Zhengzhou, where Jocelyn first lived in China

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Observations from Southern China Travels

After living in China for four years, you hear your fair share of Chinese telling you stark differences exist between Northerners and Southerners. Here are a few of my own, sometimes mundane and in no order of importance, observations about Southern China, as I myself have only lived in Xi’an, and I’m thus grouped in with Northerners: 

1. TP, or toilet paper in more public bathrooms
2. As ZJ put it, women seem braver; they wear short skirts, booty shorts, dresses and tend to bare their legs more (I like this; it’s too bloody hot!)
3. The area we stayed in Shenzhen, in contrast to Guangzhou, seemed littered with more trash or rubbish on the streets
4. Shenzhen’s temperature was milder, still smoggy, but nothing compared to the polluted skies of Xi’an
5. Bus ticket issuers carry portable IC, or bus card readers
6. Shenzhen airport’s architecture is incredibly modern, bordering on futuristic and feels airy, open and not crowded even though in 2013 it handled 32.6 million passengers
My list is far from exhaustive, and it’s likely I’ll come back to this list after traveling more around China in the future. What do you see as some regional differences around China? North/South? East/West?