Back to the Middle Kingdom

Sometimes in life, fate strikes and it become clear that certain things were just meant to happen. This trip to China was one of those moments. My little brother (Tom) and I had been planning an end-of-HSC backpacking trip around China since June. We’d booked almost everything, timed it to be across the Schoolies periodContinue reading “Back to the Middle Kingdom”

It’s all about survival

It’s been seven days since we arrived in the Middle Kingdom. It still doesn’t feel quite real that we’re in another country. It’s easy to forget that you’re in China. In a much shorter amount of time than I anticipated, I’m used to the sounds of China – the sharp Mandarin language, horns beeping all theContinue reading “It’s all about survival”

One night in Shanghai…

Four days into our new lives in China, we decided that now was a good time to head off on our first inter-city trip. Were we crazy? Perhaps. With our barely-existent Mandarin skills and brand new mobile numbers, we packed up some stuff and headed off to the city of lights. Apparently you have toContinue reading “One night in Shanghai…”

Ni Hao Hangzhou!

After four days in Hangzhou we’ve finally, FINALLY got a decent internet connection. Number one on my list of ‘things I wish I’d known beforehand’: YOU CAN’T GET WIFI ON A WEEKEND. Thank God for modern China and the advent of free wifi cafes. Anyway, after what felt like a short trip, we landed atContinue reading “Ni Hao Hangzhou!”

7 Days to go…

Well, the time is here. Only one more week until I on the adventure of a lifetime in China. The main question I’ve been getting this week is ‘how are you feeling?’ It’s surprisingly hard to answer. As I said to someone today, I don’t think the realities of living overseas for a year willContinue reading “7 Days to go…”

ICS 2016: I’m going to Hangzhou!

I have just been told that next year I’ll be going to study in the beautiful lakeside city of Hangzhou, on the eastern seaboard side of China! To convince you all that you should come and visit me in sunny China, I thought I’d post some fun things about the “small city” of 2.5 millionContinue reading “ICS 2016: I’m going to Hangzhou!”