How it works to travel as a foreigner in China. Or at least how it doesn't!
|Originally From:||Grand Rapids, United States|
|Currently Living In:||Chichester, United Kingdom|
I spent my childhood sloshing through the creek in Grand Rapids, MI, then moved with my family to sunnier climes in San Diego, CA, fussing and fighting the whole way. I went to college at UCLA, and spent way too much not so constructive time in Los
I spent my childhood sloshing through the creek in Grand Rapids, MI, then moved with my family to sunnier climes in San Diego, CA, fussing and fighting the whole way. I went to college at UCLA, and spent way too much not so constructive time in Los Angeles. I found an escape route to Xinjiang China to teach English for 6 months. I found myself in Chengdu after a 52 hour train ride, dysentery the whole way. Nice! Tibet, Nepal and Southeast Asia came later, followed by another teaching stint in Suzhou, China. I met up with some buddies who were tour leaders for Intrepid, and soon I became part of the clique. I led for Intrepid for 2 years, and GAP (well, now G) Adventures for 1 year, covering 16 countries, mostly Asia, with a short stint leading in Morocco over Ramadan thrown in for fun. In 2009 I met an Englishman on my trip in Tibet. Fast forward a whirlwind romance and an idyllic honeymoon period, and I'm now residing with him in a tiny rural town in coastal Southern England. Trying to find my feet, I worked for two travel companies, but realized that I'm not cut out for the hard sell. I then got a job as the Farm Shop manager for an organic Home Farm on the Goodwood Estate pushing cheese and learning about the finer cuts of meet. I saw a cow heart and one too many placentas. That was fun for a while, but those days are over. Now I'm squinting, looking for a new adventure through the cattle over on my right, the sailing crew on my left, and the hordes of yummy mummies all around me. Have wellies, will forge ahead!
|If you must know, I'm:||Happily Married|