This year is my family's first Christmas away from the United States. We decided to join a few other teachers from my school on a trip to the island of Phuket in Thailand for a 5 day vacation. This sunny, island paradise was a welcomed adventure and our first opportunity to get out of China … Continue reading Christmas 2019: A Thailand Adventure Part One
Well today finally marks a full week in our Beijing apartment and two weeks in China! We have really started learning about our neighborhood and finding the best places to shop and eat. It certainly has been an adventure and I can't wait to tell you all about it! Prawn-flavored Cheeto crackers. A lot of … Continue reading First Week in our Beijing Apartment
Today marks our 5th full day in Beijing, China and I am exhausted! First off, the weather is hot and humid; making everyday exhausting. Running around in this heat looking for apartments was challenging, especially because we had no idea what to expect. We were also competing with 30 other teachers for the places around … Continue reading Beijing Apartment Hunt
I can't believe we are here!! So much has happened in the past 48 hours and I am reeling from it all. Fortunately, everyone is so kind and helpful and we haven't had a touch of homesickness yet. Everything about our trip out here went well and I am excited to tell you all about … Continue reading First Days in Beijing!
Countdown: 10 hours THIS IS IT! After 7 months of time and preparation, we are finally hopping onto the plane to LA and then Beijing! The past 2 1/2 weeks have been filled with errands, cleaning, panicing, and tears. Seriously, if I never have to look at another bucket or brush I will die happy. … Continue reading Countdown Until the Journey Begins 5
Countdown: 20 days Oh. My. Gosh. Less than three weeks before our move to China and I have never been so busy. Despite not having a job the last month (WOO! Summer!), my days have been filled with hour-long phone calls, errands, and family bonding time. I have so many lists of things that we … Continue reading Countdown Until the Journey Begins 4
Countdown: 35 days!! As the countdown continues, we also continue to prepare for our move on July 31st! With summer, came my last days at my Phoenix high school. I said goodbye to a lot of great students and friends, but it was time to see what else the world had to offer us! If … Continue reading Countdown Until the Journey Begins 3: LA and Koreatown