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emilymfrank16
Sep 19, 2017

A *literal* whole new world

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My husband and I just moved to China from America to teach English. Although we'd both been to parts of Europe separately before we met, our trips together in college were mostly limited to the US. Moving here has really opened our eyes to how a different country can truly feel like a world of its own. We've gotten used to signs, scenery, people, and language all being different - but every day something minor will happen that throws us off, like finding a mountain of unrefrigerated eggs with chicken feathers still stuck to them at the indoor supermarket or seeing a woman holding on to a large, unsecured table while riding on the back of a motorbike! We're loving the excitement so far, and we can tell we're going to come away from this much more relaxed and flexible about life. If anyone would like to keep up with our experiences, you can check out our blog at www.ourquarterlifeadventure.com and follow us on Instagram @ourquarterlifeadventure. Thanks, B, for the opportunity to share our story and read others' as well! 💕🌏

ratherbtraveling
Sep 20, 2017

Dear emilymfrank16

Thank you for sharing your exciting story with us. I can only imagine the culture shock you must be going through. It is beautiful to read how positive you are embracing this new adventure. I have traveled to China several times. Back in 2009 I had the opportunity to stay with a local family for a week in their home. I can relate to your experiences such as the unrefrigerated eggs. I am sure you have been to one of the local markets - the animals, the meat... a different world. I am looking forward to reading more about your experience in China as teachers. Do you teach in a Chinese School or in an American School? And may I ask, where in China do you reside? I wish you all the best and lot's of luck! I will be keeping track of your journey on Instagram and on your Blog. Thanks for Sharing!! B

emilymfrank16
Sep 24, 2017

Hi B,

Yes, everything about the food is so interesting! Our town has a huge sidewalk produce market several blocks long every 5 days, which has been one of my favorite sights. This week we have seen a bizarre number of dead feathered roosters being carried, I'm not sure if I just hadn't been noticing before or if they are preparing for their upcoming holiday! We teach at Chinese schools. I am at a middle school teaching 11-14 year olds, and Thomas is at a high school teaching 15-16 year olds. We live in Sinan (Guizhou province), and are actually the 5th and 6th Westerners to ever live in the town - therefore, it's very "real China."

-Emily

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