Ha Long Can We Keep This Up? | Ha Long Bay | SE Asia #003

There’s a reason people come to Ha Long Bay. It’s absolutely stunning. Islands of lush green mountains ascend out of the water as far as the eye-can-see. Close your eyes and imagine what it would have been to be the first people to have sailed into this bay. It’s magical and filled with wonder.

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Nobody Puts Beer In The Corner | Hanoi | SE Asia #002

It’s already nine p.m. but the nightlife in Hanoi begins as soon as the sun goes down. After joining a slow but steady flow of pedestrians pushing through the crowded sidewalks, we give in to one of the Vietnamese women’s persistent efforts and sit down on her low plastic chairs sprawling into the street. Before we even have time to take in the glaring lights, constant honking, and shouting from one side of the street to the other, two sweating dark-glass bottles appear on the tiny table in front of us.

There’s a reason they call this Hanoi’s beer corner.

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A Night At The Opera, Vietnam Style | Hanoi | SE Asia #001

Apart from trying (and mostly failing) to direct young Chinese children in thrown-together plays and an unexpected viewing of NT Live’s King Lear at the movie theatre, we’ve been pretty removed from taking in one of our favourite art forms for the past 8 months. With our crazy schedules and lack of local Dalian theatre knowledge, we couldn’t make anything work for a night out at the theatre.

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What We’ll Miss About Living in China (And What We Won’t)

Yesterday morning, we got on an early morning plane to Vietnam and said goodbye to the life and routine we built in China. And although we can’t wait (seriously CAN. NOT. WAIT.) to be home in Canada, there are some things we’re sure to long for once we’ve left this place. So here’s a list of the top five things we’ll miss about living in China… And the five things we won’t miss at all.

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Working Out in a Chinese Gym

One of the unexpected upsides of living in China has been our ability to consistently live a healthier lifestyle. Between walking to work everyday, the active nature of our jobs, and the wide availability of cheap and delicious fruit and veg, we’ve become much more fit and healthy than we were when we left.

Plus, we’ve added about four or five weekly trips to the gym. But of course, Chinese gyms are not exactly like what we’re used to back home…

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A Middle School Theatre Audition in China

We finally got to do what we were brought to China to do: TEACH DRAMA! We were commissioned by a primary school in Dalian to produce two shows with a handful of its brightest and most dramatic students and to chose these students, we put them through an audition. China style.

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A Taste of Canada in Dalian

We couldn’t quite believe our ears when we heard the news that the iconic Canadian cliché had arrived in Dalian. A co-worker had excitedly called it “Team House” and said we must love it because we’re Canadian. We were slow on the uptake but after she showed us a picture we couldn’t help but smile.

A very surprising and unexpected arrival in our small(ish) city but welcome nonetheless. We just had to try it the first opportunity we got!

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