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Asia » China » Beijing » Changping January 18th 2019

Wow. Well it's been a whirlwind of a week for sure! Definitely in a good way. Having Dad here was brilliant and it was fun to be able to be a sort of tour guide! We went to the Summer Palace on Saturday, and had a lovely meal together afterwards. Pretty much every explanation board in front of buildings there read “Burnt down in 1860 by Anglo-French forces”! Then on Sunday we visited the Lama temple before going to my Bible study group. Fun to see the massive 18m tall Buddha and all the different rooms there. Then Bible study was a great time as always and I love that Dad now has an idea of what that's like. That's kind of the feeling for all of his trip really - I'm really glad he now ... read more
Summer Palace
Summer Palace
Marble Boat at the Summer Palace

Asia » China » Beijing » Changping January 12th 2019

Hello again! Apologies that this update is a little later than usual - all responsibility for that goes to a certain Mr Lapworth. He’s here safe and sound! More on that in a bit. At the end of last week I had my first tai chi lesson! Another au pair found a group of old people doing it in a park and they have a proper master showing them all what to do. We just joined in! It's a lot harder than it looks - there are some difficult stances to hold and we definitely don't look as graceful as the teacher. It's amazing how he just walks around, correcting our form and showing us how to do it! Great experience. I got to have another lesson with Wendy this week which was lovely. It's been ... read more
Bible study!
Cycling to uni

Asia » China » Beijing » Changping January 4th 2019

Happy New Year! Little late, but better late than never. Want to start by wishing you all the very best for 2019 and thanking you for reading these blogs! Your comments and messages have meant so much, and it’s been (and still is) a pleasure to share some of this adventure with you all. Going back to almost a week ago now, Saturday was yet another exercise in spontaneity - if that’s a thing! I was given about 2 minutes notice that we were leaving and as usual not told where. We eventually ended up at an old people’s home, where Robbie and his classmates were doing some singing for the residents. I was watching from the back when Bella comes up and says “Simeon, you can play piano and sing” so I was reluctantly bustled ... read more
more mongolian dinner
new year's eve venue!

Asia » China » Beijing » Changping December 28th 2018

Hello everyone! I hope you've all had wonderful Christmas’ and that you'll have a great New Year too! I've had a lot of fun, but it's definitely been a weirder week for me. Wendy was ill, so we didn't have our English lesson. Hopefully she'll be better for this coming Saturday. On Sunday morning I was slightly surprised that Bella didn't want me to do any English work with the boys, rather we went outside and played with some toy guns for quite a while! Eventually it got too cold and we ran back to the warmth as fast as we could. It was nice to spend some time actually having fun with them though, because we seem to do that less and less. I cycled down to meet with the Bible study group for a ... read more
Incredible spread
Incredible spread
Some of the squad

Asia » China » Beijing » Changping December 21st 2018

Another Merry Christmas to you all from me and welcome back! Don't know about you but we enjoyed slightly warmer temperatures this week in Beijing. Cycling in 7 degrees is much more pleasant that in -7 I can tell you that much, although sadly I think this warm spell is to be short lived. So what happened this week? Well on Saturday I went to Tyler's friend Wendy's house for lunch, and then we had our second English lesson. Again I'm pleased to say it went really well! They're a really lovely family. They speak collectively a lot less English than my host family which meant I actually got to use some of my Chinese. It was fun realising that I can just about have a very basic conversation! I'm enjoying that Chinese grammar feels more ... read more
Lama Temple
Lama Temple
Lama Temple

Asia » China » Beijing » Changping December 14th 2018

Greetings once more from me, and Happy Christmas I suppose! It's certainly cold, but I can't say it's feeling particularly Christmassy here, although it's been nice to see some Christmas trees up in big shopping malls. I think the most festive I've felt so far was actually in a Starbucks! Themed coffee and Christmas music playing was a good reminder of the time of year. It's definitely going to be strange spending Christmas away from family for the first time. Mince pies and mulled wine are already being missed. This week has been and gone in a flash, but obviously things happened! Whenever someone asks me “oh and how was your week?” I tend to instantly forget everything that happened which really isn't very helpful. I'll try and remember some things for you! First off, on ... read more
Au Pair squad Christmas!
Bible study group mini birthday celebration
Trying to get into the subway Tuesday morning

Asia » China » Beijing » Changping December 7th 2018

Hello and welcome back! Another week has gone by for me in Beijing (and hopefully for you too wherever you are). I keep saying it's getting colder but that's because it really is. Today didn't get above -5° which is crazy cold. Should definitely have worn more than 2 pairs of socks cycling this morning. I don't think I really had a stereotype in my mind with regard to the climate in China before I got here - do you? Turns out winter is freezing. Cycling in this weather is seriously less attractive and I'm ashamed to admit I've taken the subway more this week. The family were away for a couple of nights which I think I mentioned last time - apparently it's warm wherever they went! Lucky them. It was nice to have the ... read more
Panda 1
Panda 2
Panda 3

Asia » China » Beijing » Changping November 30th 2018

Greetings again from me here in Beijing! This week definitely went by quickly, but was a whole load of fun. Thinking back to before going to Dalian, it was really great to spend some time with the family not doing work! Usually they'll leave me at home whilst the boys have their numerous Saturday activities but this week they were going straight out to dinner afterwards so I was brought along. It was just nice to drive around with them feeling like part of the family! I'd taught Robbie the macarena earlier that day and so that caused much amusement when he spontaneously burst into dance. Now he's taken to singing the macarena tune whilst dabbing. I take no responsibility. Set off early on Monday to get to the station for the train to Dalian. Went ... read more
Meal out
Little Venice

Asia » China » Beijing » Changping November 23rd 2018

Hi everyone! Hoping you are all well. I've almost been here for 2 months now, and Beijing is consistently getting colder! Various good news this week, the first of which being that my passport situation is all sorted! Praise the Lord. I was able to get the receipt - Chinese people just call it "the yellow paper" - which says the embassy has my passport and will allow me to travel this week. Real stress moment last week when I thought I'd just wasted a bunch of money on train tickets, but now all's looking clear. I get my passport back in a week's time - hopefully along with my Chinese visa which'll allow me to go to the US in January! So on Monday I'm headed off to Dalian with some other au pairs - ... read more
Classic lions of the Forbidden City
Forbidden city
One of only 3, 9 dragon screens

Asia » China » Beijing » Changping November 16th 2018

Hello and welcome back to my blog! I think I've reached the point where 6 months suddenly doesn't seem so long anymore. Not even a third of the way through my time yet but it feels like it'll be over so soon! I made it to the church service this week and it was a truly brilliant time. It's the first time a service has been put on at this time, and there were about 20 people there. Mostly young people, and a really international group. I hadn't realised how much I've missed worshiping with other people, and it was amazing to be able to do that again. Everyone was so welcoming. I had to dash off afterwards because I had a meeting to do with my Chinese visa, but I'm really looking forward to seeing ... read more
Summer palace
More summer palace
Summer palace

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