Well here I am finally with the beginning of my fantastic 5 or so month adventure back to Oz after leaving Taizhou on June 17. I have set myself a challenge to reduce my carbon foot print as much as possible by travelling mainly by train. Originally, I had allowed myself just one flight and that is for my final leg from San Diego to Brisbane. However, my plan to take a "cheap" passage with a con... Read Full Entry
This blog was started in 2006 when I embarked on a new life adventure teaching English in China. It was a wonderful, enriching and enlightening experience. Many of you came on this journey with me.
For those of you who are searching for more meaning and satisfaction in your life and feel that teaching languages overseas might fit the bill, I enthusiastically encourage you to take up the challenge as I did nine years ago. You will never regret it. In fact you will probably say "Why didn't I do this years ago?"
I then began a journal of my journey home to Australia- the long way round! U... full info
Tianjin 2Entrance to the traditional "Old Street" near where I was staying. I was disappointed to find it merely a reproduction street filled with tacky souvenir stalls. Beautiful architecture, though!
Tianjin 3"Old Street" with Drum Tower in the background.
Tianjin 6Modern waterfront and developing pedestrian parklands in the heart of the city.
Tianjin 7Air pollution is a growing problem in China's rapidly developing cities.
Tianjin 8More pedestrian areas framed by the ever larger high-rise office and apartment buildings in the background.
Tianjin 9There are several areas in the city that were set aside for Europeans. The most notable areas still remaining are the British and Italian concessions. This is a refurbished residence in the Italian concession.
Tianjin 10You could be forgiven for thinking you were in Italy! A main intersection in the leafy Italian concession area found near the river.
Beijing 9My humble abode at Leo's Hostel in one of the few surviving hutongs in Beijing where life continues almost as it has for many decades.
Erlian 2Alex is an American guy I linked up with on the Beijing to Erlian train. He has a business in Beijing and was doing a "border run" to renew his visa. He obviously isn't used to mixing with the locals and was a bit overwhelmed at first, but soon warmed to the attention!
Erlian 3Local market stallholder proudly shows off her tobacco.