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Asia » China » Jiangsu » Nanjing July 11th 2017

So...... The packers have packed and gone. 10am until 6pm of pure stress and relief that everything has been packed and was on its way to the new life. But, I didn't recheck the cupboards....... big mistake. Left behind the printer and the pasta machine. The printing cartridges have gone but with no printer. And the pasta machine that I so needed but never used, but I suppose I am moving to Italy so who needs a pasta machine? Right? So a word of warning when you move.... check the cupboards, and then check them again. A friend is moving right now, as I am writing and I have just sent her a messages saying just that. Check, check and recheck. The following day I caught the fast train to Shanghai to bring the shipping list ... read more
Box 28-BOOKS
Almost done.
Off they go.

Asia » China » Jiangsu » Nanjing June 29th 2017

Yes. One week until the packers arrive. By this time next week I will be elbows deep in boxes, tape and bubble wrap. When you are in the right frame of mind, it becomes easy to decide what you want to keep. Then there are other things that are too good to throw away so you give them to someone who will treasure it and appreciate it. Then there are things for the Ayi and the rest goes in the bin. Saying that....... It is usually then after the item has left your house that you say where is that thing I have been keeping all this time and now I actually need it? Now I have several lists around the house. Things to sell. Once they have sold who has brought them and when they ... read more

Asia » China » Jiangsu » Nanjing June 22nd 2017

Its a rainy day and just perfect to be saying goodbye to friends. The mood is already gloomy and grey. Reflecting on good times spent in Nanjing. The craziness that we have experienced together in this amazing but crazy place. Looking forward to the future when we will meet again, somewhere in the real world and catching up on the good and bad times. Tears are shed and smiles are exchanged knowing that the important people..... you will meet again. Life is odd..... and then you become an expat and you experience an even more crazier world. Everyone experiences these changes very different.... but I know deep down the people that have touched your heart we will see again. Maybe it hurts too much to say goodbye? So its easier to pretend that it isn't happening ... read more

Asia » China » Jiangsu » Nanjing June 17th 2017

It's official. We have a home in Verona. Well a three bedroom apartment on the 5th floor with a huge roof top and a view. After 6 years in China it will great to be back in Europe and especially in Verona, Italy where I can understand what people are saying to me and reply. Not to forget the amazing food, wine and fresh air and the sun. China has been a rollercoaster for me. Starting in a very interesting but strange place. The language is very difficult. I thought I would pick it up easily .... so I thought. I already know 2 languages so surely I would pick up Chinese...... Wow. I was very wrong. Its all just a load of noise and sounds to me. One word could mean 5 different things depending ... read more

Asia » China » Jiangsu » Xuzhou April 22nd 2017

Geo: 34.2044, 117.284We went for a walk around the Crown Hotel which is situated on Dalong Lake Park.It was a Saturday so many locals had pitched a tent and planned to stay for the day. There where lots of kites flying in the sky and also lots of eating and sleeping.It was a great place to people watch and the weather was perfect.... read more
Xuzhou - lake fence

Asia » China » Jiangsu » Xuzhou April 21st 2017

Geo: 34.2044, 117.284The lake is huge. We took a taxi to the corner of the Lotus Gardens and Jinshan Park.It wasn't lotus season so we where told not to go there because it wasn't beautiful.We walked along the lake side towards the city and passing the Jinshan Tower and the Su Shi Pagoda. There is a cable... read more
Xuzhou- lake- drop

Asia » China » Jiangsu » Xuzhou April 20th 2017

Geo: 34.2044, 117.284A long week end away with a girlfriend.We caught the fast train from Nanjing to Beijing but we jumped out at the first stop Xuzhou about 1 hour and 15 minute train ride.The number one tourist is the smaller Terra cotta Warriors.... read more
Xuzhou1- Urns in the tomb
Xuzhou3- Skylight
Xuzhou6-terra cotta Warriors

Asia » China » Jiangsu » Nanjing March 5th 2017

Geo: 32.05, 118.78The streets are so busy with so many people, bikes, scooters, cars, busses and trucks.Even on a Saturday afternoon boxes are being delivered and truck loads of people are delivered to clean the streets. The weekend doesn't exist here.Every day here in Nanjing is a work day.... read more
Leaf Blower

Asia » China » Jiangsu February 19th 2017

Geo: 32.05, 118.78Guazhouzhen. ChinaFerry ride across the Yanksee?? Why not.After being in China for so long we really enjoy seeing the REAL China.... read more
House Boats Guazhouzhen. China
Man storing bamboo
In the narrow Streets

Asia » China » Jiangsu » Nanjing February 15th 2017

Geo: 32.05, 118.78So waking up at 6am to go to work is probably something that lots of people do.For me its a struggle. Its far away. I have to organize and pay for a Taxi.There are 23-25 students per class and aged around 16years old.Its only one day a week and maybe that's the problem.So either I go full time or give up?I chose...... Give up. So I resigned today at 1:22pm.But as it happens I was offered a job at 6:08pm, closer to home so I can scooter or catch a train, (3 stops away) and there are less kids in a class about 3-7 per class the other huge difference is they are anywhere from 4-10 years old?? Interesting.So when you close one door.....Another opens.... read more

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