living in hangzhou Tag Archive

  • | I went on a boat ride at the Xixi Wetlands. |

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    “Round the corner there may wait, a new road or a secret gate..” ~ Tolkien 

    Last week one of my good friends from UK came to visit me for few days. And it was all exciting, fun and it made me very happy to have someone from back home come to see me.

    But that meant I was also busy as hell and with very little time for writing. But I’m back today, and I’m sharing few pictures from our adventure around Hangzhou.

    We wondered around quite a bit, and because I’ve discovered recently how beautiful Hangzhou actually is, I’ve decided to take my friend to one of those places too. But because of our limited time together, and the fact that I had to work too during the week, I decided to stay closer to home and explore the nature scenery around my area (bare in mind, because is China – my area is the whole city of Hangzhou – which is HUGE).

    That was how we got to Xixi National Wetland Park (Chinese: 西溪国家湿地公园).

    This park is one of the most famous Wetland Parks in China, and the chance has it that is located in Hangzhou, and covers over 1,150 hectares.  It’s mostly famous because it was the original site of the Chinese South Opera, but also for a yearly Dragon boat festival.

    There are lots of things to do there, and you can stay for as long as you want. You can go on boat rides (which we did), you can shop for traditional snacks and obviously clothing and also just walk around and enjoy the scenery.

    And I think the most impressive thing about this place is the fact that Xixi is a peaceful oasis in the middle of a very busy and still-developing town. The fact that you can come here and enjoy nature and that there aren’t as many people as everywhere else in Hangzhou – all of that make this place more worth it to visit!

    I hope you enjoy the photos I took. I hope you like them so much that maybe one day you’ll visit this wonderful place.

     

    On the Lake.
    On the Lake.

     

    Beautiful Flowers
    Beautiful Flowers
    Shopping Street: Snacks, Tea, Clothing.
    Shopping Street: Snacks, Tea, Clothing.

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    Beautiful Lotus flower.
    Beautiful Lotus flower.
    My friend was clearly enjoying the boat ride!
    My friend was clearly enjoying the boat ride!
    More beautiful flowers.
    More beautiful flowers.

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    It was a beautiful adventure, that thought me to go out and explore more and to be thankful I’ve been living in this wonderful city for the last 10 months!

    “There’s nowhere you can be that isn’t where you’re meant to be.” ~ John Lennon 

     

    Peace & Love, 

  • Day 17: Sharing is caring. March in Pictures.

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    Today, I’m sharing with you guys few pictures that I took this month. It is basically what I have been up to in March. 

    *Warning: lot’s of reading involved, smoothies and job applications. 

    This is basically what defines my days this week – reading to get inspired, smoothies to keep healthy and job applications.. well because we all need to do some planning sometimes. 

    Here it goes.

    2015-03-25 12.36.21This is how the wall by my desk looks like. I spend a lot of time here, so I need things to inspire me. 

     

    2015-03-25 12.45.03Slowly, but surely Spring is coming back in town. Hangzhou even got a peek of the blue sky today. Which is in fact a rarity. 

    2015-03-25 12.42.59Sunny days and Smoothies. My favourite smoothie at the moment is Strawberry, Banana and Celery. Yum! 

     

    2015-03-25 12.49.48Coffee, of course. Cafe Niche is a place that has decent coffee in Hangzhou. 

    2015-03-25 12.47.31You are a Whole. 

    2015-03-25 12.51.29Being healthy and respecting your body is a choice. 

    2015-03-25 12.48.45A Selfie, because why not. Getting ready to go to a bar called Eudora. 

     

    2015-03-25 12.38.43More Inspiration. More Coffee. More Writing. 

     

    What inspires you?? How did your month looked like? Share your pictures. I would love to hear from you.

    Peace & Love, 

    M

  • My first Christmas in China – Secret Santa with my students!

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    “Santa Claus is coming to town..’

    It’s Christmas day and I’m sitting here trying to send Xmas wishes to all my friends, but in between I’m looking at possible places to travel  next. I think there’s a serious case of Wanderlust building up! 

    But in the Christmas mood, today I want to share with you what I did with my students for Christmas. 

    I had a long debate about it, but in the end I decided that I will do Secret Santa with all my classes. We will talk maybe a bit about Christmas and watch some Christmas classics! 

    When I planned that, I did not expected it will go so well! These were, to be honest, the best memories I have made in China so far. Everyone got involved and they all tried to make this week so very special for me. I was trying to make it special for them, but they made it special for me! 

    We shared good moments, laughter and we took lots of pictures. It was wonderful. And I’m trying very hard to express it in words, for everyone to understand how much I love teaching here in Hangzhou and how proud I am of my students. 

    I don’t know if I’m going to teach them in 2nd term, but they made this first few months here extra-special. 

    Here are some of the pictures we took. In each class, I had one of the students put on a Santa hat and give the prezzies away to everyone.

    Day 1 of Christmas Celebration – Monday, December 22: 

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    Day 2 of Christmas Celebrations – Wednesday, December 24: 

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    Day 3 of Christmas Celebrations – Friday, December 26. Poorer quality – I forgot my camera on Friday, so all the pictures were took with different phones..

     

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