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?
In March, Beijing’s winter started warming up. We went pretty quickly from freeze-your-face-off icy winds to the smell of damp earth and melting ice. All of a sudden, I didn’t need three pairs of long johns and ten scarves! It was a miracle!
Yesterday, Scotty and I signed up for a day-long Hike & Bike in Doi-Pui National Park. It was a gorgeous day, and we set out with high hopes of seeing beautiful scenery and getting in some exercise while we were at it. (First and last photos are compliments of Scotty) 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.
On our first week in Beijing, we were welcomed by the school with a trip to the Great Wall and a “retreat” where we were able to meet most of the teachers and staff we would be working with directly during the year. Between the new friends we’ve made and our own wanderings, we’re starting to learn our way around.