Exploring the Wild Wall

In the past month or so, Scotty and I have both been getting out and being more active. In fact, Scotty went nearly every weekend either hiking or climbing around Beijing both in the great outdoors and at indoor climbing walls. For me, these trips were a much-needed breath of fresh air and a great way to see more of the province of Beijing.

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Sunshine and Roses

I’ve spent a lot of time focusing on the positives and the exciting highlights of my time in China and our travels in Asia, but I want to take a moment to recognize that it hasn’t been all sunshine and roses.

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Things We Do For Fun

Big John Blues Band

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!
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Christmas in Beijing

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