Five Life Lessons I Learned Teaching in China

An acting teacher once told me that people stop changing at twenty-five, that after that time your character is pretty much set in stone. When I moved to China to teach at the ripe old age of 27, I realized just how wrong he was. These are five life lessons that I learned in my time living abroad that I will take with me for the rest of my life:

Celebrating My Birthday in the Hong Kong Airport

Travel days can often be long and boring. That’s why having to return to Dalian after an amazing week in Hong Kong ON MY BIRTHDAY wasn’t an ideal situation. But that’s just how the cards fell.

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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 clichĂ© 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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The Speakeasy in a Speakeasy: Our Hong Kong Highlight

One of our favourite ways to get to know a city is doing the things the locals do. So when planning our Hong Kong trip, we did more than a little digging into the less touristy things to do in this amazing city. We soon discovered that HK is a cocktail lover’s dream! We are big fans of funky drinks and aesthetic bar designs, so when we found out about Hong Kong’s speakeasy scene, we were thrilled.

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Going With the Flow in Lushun, Dalian

The day was a Monday and it was my day off, but unfortunately Rose had to work. I had the urge to take a day trip because my days off up to that point had consisted of staying inside or going to neighbourhood stores and restaurants when necessary or to meet up with Rose. It was time to do what we had come here to do in the first place: explore and travel. 

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