I had my first snow day of the year today! While visiting my Mom in the Annapolis Valley, Scotty and I stayed in while 20 cm of snow came down around us. He made me a delicious lunch. We watched movies and baked with Mom. I updated my blog. What more could you ask for?
This past October, Scotty and I got together some friends and family and drove to the Annapolis Valley for a day of good honest work at Foote Family Farm. Of course, not everything turned out exactly how we planned, but isn’t that always the way of it?
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.
Our next stop was Chiang Mai. According to a write-up in a local museum, Thailand’s northern capital has a “very cold climate” with average lows of 20°C, and average highs only reaching about 32°C through the year. (I know, right?)
We arrived nearly a week ago, intending to stay only a few days. Since then, we’ve been sucked in by the friendly faces and the relaxed atmosphere. Cheap Thai massages and delicious food haven’t hurt either! By a bit more luck, we also met up with Doro, the same friend we spent New Year’s Eve with 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.