Friday, April 22, 2016

The Colorful Cars of Beijing

Driving a luxury car in Beijing for the rich seems to be as much about standing out and being different as it is about having fun, at least for a small segment. Why sit in luxury in a boring white, black or even silver high end car when you can make up any color you want? I toggle back and forth between amazement, envy and humor when I see the amazing rainbow and hues of the colors. The gaudier the better it seems.

Wednesday, April 20, 2016

Leaving Beijing

We are leaving Beijing. Today we are the leavers. We've been the newbies, the stayers and it is our time to go.

Although Beijing isn't the perfect place, where is really, Beijing for my family
is home. The home I've made for the last 4-5 years. My expectation when finding out I would be leaving would be feelings of happiness. Although I do feel happy, it is more like a strong mixture of emotions, sadness, anxiety, and within the mix, happiness. 

When I left the U.S., I left as a working mother of 1. When I leave Beijing, I leave as a stay at home mother of 3. If we go home for good my identity has changed. I am going from Beijing a different person in so many ways. If we go somewhere else it will be a new adventure with a new learning curve, and being the newbie again.

I feel like I am leaving family when I leave Beijing. When I leave I will be leaving my comrades behind, the friendships are different, stronger, tighter. Then I feel the guilt of feeling sad when I left my blood family behind to come here, and they miss us every day. 

I now understand why TCK (Third Culture Kids) feel they belong nowhere, and are always missing important people. I have to imagine for my daughter these feelings will be intensified as she has few memories of life "before China." No school friends, no experiences that match her day to day life here. This is home, this crazy place, crazy culture and awesome experience. 

And now I understand, you will leave a piece of yourself behind when you go, and every place that you go. 

Monday, April 4, 2016

Mutianyu: Great Wall of China

We made a family trip to the Mutianyu site of the Great Wall the other day and I snapped these pictures with my iPhone. It was a beautiful Spring day and so clear. Amazing. I will miss having the Great Wall of China in my backyard when I move from China.

Saturday, April 2, 2016

Bad English signs

We saw this supermarket on our way back from the Great Wall the other day. I had to laugh at the use of 'i' instead of 'l' in the sign, they must have been having a sale on 'i's' or maybe out of 'l' that day they bought the sign. 

Friday, April 1, 2016

Translation funny?

This was posted for sale on one of my wechat groups today. I'm hoping this is a translation from another language and my English self just doesn't know it, but I laughed pretty hard at the idea of this being a "baby coffin." 

Monday, February 8, 2016

Chinese New Year and Dogs

Fireworks are a big part of the Chinese celebrating. Just remember if you move here with a dog, make sure you know how they respond to fireworks. We hear them every night for hours and for days and days during Chinese New Year. We also hear them when people move into a new home to celebrate, be prepared so your dog isn't stressed or doesn't run away. Especially during Chinese New Year, some dogs may need a thunder jacket or even drugs!

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