Sunday, June 29, 2014


"Living in the pollution will make you question how so many can live like this, to have days where you can't see the sun because of the smog."

"Experience the pushing, the cutting in lines, the yelling, the honking, the gawking, the thumping in your heart as you play Frogger with your life every time you cross the street. You'll learn patience."

"If you're a foreigner who doesn't look Chinese, experience the fangirl club of being stopped so often to have a picture taken with you that you might be in the cellphones of hundreds of giddy Chinese girls." 

"Exhibit your strength as you fend off men who think they can do or say whatever they want to you; hold your ground when you get passed over for your male counterpart."

"Embrace the nation with two arms, and laugh it off when you get bogged down by so many frustrations that you just want to scream at the nation. Because you will."

"Observe the juxtaposition of towering skyscrapers next to dilapidated apartment complexes, of streets lined with luxury stores such as Louis Vuitton and Fendi when right around the corner are shacks and stands of cheap Chinese goods." 


A friend of mine posted THIS article entitled "Everyone Should Live in China at Least Once" from the Thought Catalogue website. It does a better job than I ever could at explaining the ups and downs, the joys and frustrations that come with living in China. I found myself reading it and nodding and saying "Yes!" and "Exactly!" numerous times. All of the quotes I noted above are from the article. They are only a select couple from a pool of genius that is this article. If I could, I'd just rewrite the whole thing here on my blog for you. But I think you should check it out and get an idea of my day to day life here in Beijing. 

Again, if you didn't get the first link I posted, here is is again. CLICK HERE!

PS - 9 days!!

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