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Writer. Traveler. Tea Drinker.

I started this blog as a place to write down my observations and thoughts as I live and explore a new culture. But more than that bloggers have helped me in many aspects of my life (budget bloggers, travel bloggers, entrepreneur bloggers) and I wanted to pay it forward. I have learned a lot about teaching in china, traveling and just living the life of my own choosing. I thought I could share my experiences and information and hopefully inspire people as other have done for me.

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Most Recent Posts from Writer. Traveler. Tea Drinker.

Forget Big Brother, Little Sister is Watching

It’s no secret that in China is a bit of a police state.More than 2 million people monitor online activity and block all mention of sensitive topics and forbidden language. People who speak out against the government are silenced, and foreigners are warned to not discuss “the three T’s.” (Tibet, Taiwan, Tiananmen Square.) This fear, … Continue reading »

Posted on 21 March 2015 | 9:36 am

The Pressures of a Culture Not Your Own

Because I’m a foreigner living in China, people often say how lucky I am to not be chinese. They don’t mean it in a negative way, but usually when some pressure is building and they don’t like it. Like, pressure to get married. “You’re so lucky to not be Chinese. I’m only 25 but my … Continue reading »

Posted on 17 March 2015 | 2:52 am

The Oldest Piece of Clothing I Use Everyday

Let’s get into the “way back ” machine. The year is 1996. I’m a mere sophomore in college, on a European backpacking adventure with my college roommate Amy. There have been three Wallace and Gromit short films, stop-motion animation done by a Aaardman Animation, a studio based in England. They aren’t very popular in America, … Continue reading »

Posted on 11 March 2015 | 1:36 pm

The Expat Life of Constant Goodbyes

Being an expat means your group of friends is constantly revolving. Being an English teacher means July is filled with tears and goodbyes and September is filled with hello’s. But in Xiamen, my friend circle includes more that just teachers which means they can leave at any time of the year. The latest casualty is … Continue reading »

Posted on 10 March 2015 | 2:36 am

My Chinese Students Draw Themselves

Like most things in China, getting your schedule and class list is a last minute thing. Despite it being prepared months ago, I didn’t get my schedule until three days before class started. And I only got it that early because I bugged as many people as I could. (If I didn’t bother anyone with … Continue reading »

Posted on 7 March 2015 | 8:56 am

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