We’re in Thailand! Scotty and I have only just arrived, so there aren’t even any pictures yet. After a busy few months, we’re looking forward to relaxing… And coming back in the Year of the Snake with some freckles on our skin and sunshine in our hearts. 🙂
Mixed in with our busy schedules, Scotty and I have been making time to get out and try new things in Beijing. High on our list?
– Swing Dancing. We’ve joined lessons with Swing Beijing, and now we go every Thursday.
– Live Music. We’ve gone to some good shows at Modernista, at CD Blues, and at Le Petit Gourmand. The photo above is of the Big John Blues Band in CD Blues, with an amazing guest singer.
– Cafes. The Bookworm is an easy favorite, with floor to ceiling bookshelves. One of the gallery photos shows Scotty in a similar cafe called Le Petit Gourmand.
Some of our friends will be pleased to know that we’ve also found Noah’s Comic Cafe, which has regular games nights. So far, all the games are in Chinese, but we did get in a game of Settlers of Catan, and we found Munchkin! Continue reading →
Scotty and I celebrated the beginning of 2013 first with a school dinner, then with a night out for dinner and dancing with friends. The picture above is of us with Doro, a fantastic German gal we’ve been running into just everywhere! Continue reading →
Merry Christmas! It’s crazy how fast the year has gone by!
This year is Scotty’s and my first Christmas as an officially married couple, and (surprisingly) the first Christmas away from family for both of us. We’ve both lived or traveled elsewhere in North America, but we’ve always gone back to Nova Scotia for Christmas. Here are a few of the things we did to celebrate the holidays here in Beijing. Continue reading →
In our new city, new country, working at new jobs and meeting new people, Scotty and I often find we are overwhelmed by long work hours and the struggle to fit more than 24 hours worth of things into a day. On top of that, the Beijing pollution this Sunday was nearly at AQI 400 (“Hazardous”), and all physical activity outdoors was strongly discouraged by the US Embassy’s air quality website. For context, today Toronto’s air quality reads in at AQI 14.
So this past weekend, we ran away to the mountains.
Last Sunday, we were invited over to visit a friend from one of the many schools where Scotty tutors English. The invitation was to come for the afternoon to watch a movie and make dumplings. Little did we know that making dumplings is a HUGE event that traditionally involves several families getting together and prepping enough food to feed everyone. It was tons of fun and great to be a part of it!
At the far North West end of Beijing’s subway line, the Summer Palace is a short walk away. At the end of October, Scotty and I went with Lucille (another expat in Beijing) and became tourists for the day.
October 1st is National Day in China, which is followed by a week long holiday called Mid-Autumn Festival. It’s a holiday that is traditionally for spending time with family and loved ones… and taking a well-deserved break!
To celebrate the holiday, and to give us the chance to see a bit more of China, No. 25 Middle School organized a 3-day whirlwind tour for all the foreign teachers in the Canadian program. We went to Qufu (hometown of Confucius), Tai Shan mountain (pictured above), and Jinan (the city of springs).