Beijing – Week 4

Hello, This week was my first week teaching. I taught eight classes (four writing and four speaking) in three days (Monday to Wednesday). To say I was tired by Thursday is an understatement. In fact, I was so tired on Thursday that I had to quit my Chinese class – the one I only joinedContinue reading “Beijing – Week 4”

Beijing – Week 3

Nothing was going well last week so I refrained from writing a blog post. This week thankfully things are going much better and as of Wednesday 13th September I started to enjoy living in Beijing. I joined a speech club, started Chinese lessons, won a free ticket to a Pizza Festival, and got an airContinue reading “Beijing – Week 3”

Guizhou | Second semester teaching English in China

This week there’s a two-day national holiday in China so what better time to catch up with my blog than now! I’m condensing February and March into one post as most of February was my winter vacation which I talk about in these posts: Guide to Kunming – China’s city of eternal spring; Sanya – China’s Hawaii; YuanYangContinue reading “Guizhou | Second semester teaching English in China”

Guizhou | Chinese Tea Art

I don’t need to tell you that tea is an art in China and like building great walls they know what they’re doing. Today I visited my friend’s tea shop and she demonstrated the basic steps and let me, Aimee and James have a try. 1. Wash the bowls Using boiling water (100 degrees centigrade) theContinue reading “Guizhou | Chinese Tea Art”

Sanya | China’s Hawaii

Sanya is the southernmost city on Hainan Island; China’s smallest province. It has a tropical climate with hot temperatures all year round earning itself the title “China’s Hawaii”. High season is December to February when tourists from mainland China and Russia like to escape winter. The best beach is Sanya beach. It’s 15 miles long andContinue reading “Sanya | China’s Hawaii”


Kunming is the capital city of Yunnan province in Southwest China. It’s famous for having a relaxed atmosphere and warm temperatures all year round (earning itself the title “City of Eternal Spring”). I spent 10 days exploring Kunming and these are the activities I recommend: Cui Hu Gongyuan A big park filled with beautiful ponds, pavilions andContinue reading “TRAVEL: GUIDE TO KUNMING”

China – Week 17

This is a brief blog post about my first two weeks of 2017. My next post will be about my winter vacation from mid-January to mid-February. Then I’ll start blogging about the new semester which began on 27th February. Sunday 1st January New Year’s resolutions are too much work. I happily ignore them and justContinue reading “China – Week 17”


I never start a holiday, even a backpacking one, with the intention of going hiking. Hiking is hard work and my dream holiday involves no work harder than sitting on a beach drinking fresh coconut water. However it would seem every time I travel I end up going hiking. When I travelled around South America I did four hikes.Continue reading “TRAVEL: TIGER LEAPING GORGE”