A Summary of China

China unexpectedly grabbed both Laura and me. There was a time early on, when we were staying at the disgustingly smelly three legged frog in Beijing, that we couldn't imagine ever enjoying this mental country. But it slowly warmed on us, the month we had planned turned into 7 weeks; even then we were sad…

Teaching in China

Travelling can't be all lounging around and feasting on chicken's feet! As we are both teachers back in England, we've decided to visit at least one school and try to do a bit of teaching in each country we visit. The first school we went to was in Kunming, China, we observed lessons and also…

Chinese Cookery Course: Recipes

When we were in Dali, Laura and I attended a Chinese cookery course. Below are the recipes, mostly for our records, but maybe a few people back home might like to have a go too! Dried Tofu Salad Ingredients (1 serving) 2 pieces of dried tofu 1/2 green pepper 1/2 red pepper 1 spring onion…

Dàli: Hiking, Biking and Running with Rats

Back in May Laura and I were sitting in the garden of the Moreton family home, trying to plan where we were going to go and what we were going to do in China. We really had no clue. How will we get from the airport into the city? Where should we stay when we…

Tiger Leaping Gorge

Ears rotated, listening intently, a soft breeze rippled through long whiskers. The first rays of the morning sunpeeked above Jade Dragon mountain. Two huge pupils reflected these rays, a tiger’s, deathly still: she sensed danger. Many metres below her, the fierce waters of the Jinsha river smashed relentlessly into the gorge. But this river was…

Parcels, flashers and the art of sarcasm…

I looked down at the delicate glass candle holder* wrapped carefully in newspaper and wondered why it was causing the woman behind the Post Office counter to scream and gesticulate quite so wildly. I’d given her the note that I’d had translated into Chinese saying, ‘Please post to England.’ What could the problem be? I…

A series of unfortunate events…

While you've been going about your day-to-day lives, unsuspecting of anything untoward, we have been a woman down out here… I repeat: A WOMAN DOWN. It finally happened. China… all good fun until somebody eats a mouldy egg. Now that I have recovered, I can reflect on a difficult few days in Xingping. Katie will…