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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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:

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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Teaching an English Class in a Chinese Burger King

In honour of training myself to roll with the punches here in China, I’d like to share a recent story of where this was ever so apparent. 

If you ever plan on teaching in China, be prepared to get some very odd requests.

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How To Go To The Movies in China

There are thousands of ways that China is different from Canada, but one of the universal activities we’ve enjoyed is going to the movies. While the selection of movies available in China is limited to family-friendly animated movies and monster flicks, there’s still something so comforting about kicking back in a dark theatre for a few hours and forgetting about the outside world.

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Rose’s View: China Three Months Later

We can’t believe that we’ve been living in China for a whole three months. It has been a whirlwind of a time with many ups and downs and we wanted to share our thoughts of what the past 90 days have been like. This is Rose’s view, and you can read Adam’s view about his experience so far.

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Adam’s View: China Three Months Later

We can’t believe that we’ve been living in China for a whole three months. It has been a whirlwind of a time with many ups and downs and we wanted to share our thoughts of what the past 90 days has been like. This is Adam’s view, and you can also read Rose’s view about this whole experience so far.

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What to Wear to a Chinese Kindergarten Graduation

“Do you have a performance dress?”

I assume this is referring to something to wear for the upcoming kindergarten graduation which is happening two days from now. After being postponed at least two times, it’s finally happening and it’s happening all at once.

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How To Spend 48 Hours in Xi’an

Xi’an wasn’t even on our radar as somewhere to visit until a co-worker suggested that we travel there on an upcoming long weekend. So with only three days at our disposal, we booked flights from Dalian to Xi’an ready to pack in as much sightseeing and exploring as possible. This is what we did, what we wish we hadn’t, and what you should consider before travelling to beautiful Xi’an.

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View From a Chinese Starbucks

We’ve said more than once that living in China, for two Canadians, is kind of like living on a different planet. There’s still the sun in the distance, the ground beneath our feet, there are still people doing everyday people things, but at the same time things are so unfamiliar. From the bus ride to work to buying groceries to working out at the gym, things that felt so ordinary are now so strange–and to be honest, exhausting!

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