Friday, January 24, 2020


My flight to London departs next week, a flight I have been eagerly anticipating for a year now! It’s hard to put into words how excited I am to be going back home and to be reunited with my family and friends. But that does not mean I haven’t enjoyed my time in China or that I won’t miss it when I leave. 

Chinese New Year light display from local park

Thursday, January 16, 2020


The longest and last of my 4 trips this month was to Tokyo, Japan. I am incredibly lucky to have been able to visit this wonderful city, but in hindsight, I should have gone during a time where I wasn’t so exhausted from all the travelling I had been doing. Just a day into my travels around Tokyo left me so tired and worn out that a lot of enjoyment was taken away from it. Having said this, I still had a superb time and was lucky enough to have been taken around the city by a local, Alan, a friend I met in Chengdu last year, which made the sight-seeing a lot less lonely and a lot less stressful too! 


Wednesday, January 15, 2020


A day and a half after returning to Chengdu from my Jiuzhaigou trip, I took a flight to Shanghai. I really don’t know why I decided to go on these trips one straight after the other, because my previous excursions to the glacier and national parks a few days prior, left me feeling utterly exhausted before I had even got to Shanghai! But I persevered and actually had a great time. 


Tuesday, January 7, 2020


Two days after getting back from our glacier trip, myself and 5 friends (Sadaf, Jasmine, Darcy, Vanessa and Jacquelin) endured a 10-hour bus journey through the mountainous province of Sichuan and arrived at Jiuzhaigou (九寨沟). This nature reserve has acquired national fame over the years because of its stunning sceneries, having lush forests, pearl waterfalls and lakes with the clearest water I have ever seen. The landscape changes from season to season, with autumn having the contrasting blue water and the red and orange colours of the trees and the end of the year seeing the park transform into a winter wonderland; hence why it has been on my list of places to go in China for a while now! 


Thursday, January 2, 2020


Seeing as I have finished teaching in China but still have 4 weeks left here, I have decided to go on as many last minute trips as I can, so a few days ago, myself and my friend Sadaf went to Dagu Glacier (达古冰川) for the new year, the first of four trips I am taking before going home. 


Wednesday, January 1, 2020

MY 2019!

Last year in my “My 2018” blog post (you can read that blog post here), I was expecting that 2019 would top the year I just had, and I was right! 2019 started with nerves and anxieties about my upcoming move to China. I was constantly second guessing my decision to accept the job as a teacher in China for a year, but I am so thankful to myself that I ignored these thoughts and took a leap. To say this year has been the best year of my life is an understatement. I have had the opportunity of a lifetime; to travel, teach, eat new food and meet people from all over the world. The only thing that would have made it better would have been taking my family and friends along with me. But I will be going home in 4 weeks with many stories and a lot more photos of all the adventures I have had this year! 

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