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.
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).
On our way from Halifax to China, we decided to stop over in Calgary for a few hours to see my brother Andrew, followed by about a week in Vancouver on the other coast. Here are a few photos from our last week in Canada.