Travel Update: Life in China and Plans for Summer

Busy Bees

We have not posted anything for a while recently as our travel/work schedule has been extremely tight. We are currently overloaded with duties at the kindergarten here in Dalang, Dongguan (especially 4 weeks before the first semester comes to an end), tried to catch up with our friends and families overseas and we’ve been working on our freelance business (WordPress and Social Media management).

A girl is sitting at the laptop working
Work, work, work…

It is a lot of work to do if you add everything up and 24 hours are not enough to deal with everything. We have also purchased new phones (finally) and joined the Instagram (etramping) so feel free to follow us and we will follow you back :). We try to share photos on a regular basis and we’ve been enjoying that a lot. I’ve noticed the food took over the Instagram and I keep getting hungry when I check it out! (At least I know who to blame when I put on weight:)).

Anyways, we are back to blogging right now and here is what we have been up to for the last two weeks.

Life in China

Kindergarten experience continues

In terms of work, there have not been many changes. We’re still working at Bowen Kindergarten in Dalang. There are days when we feel like we love the kids and this job and there are days when we just want to give up (it’s typical I guess). Over two weeks ago we celebrated Children’s Day. For this occasion, all classes have been cancelled and we spent a great morning at the flea market playing around and eating a lots of food. We felt like 10 year olds… again… and you know what? It felt awesome!

Chinese girls are jumping
Our workmates

Here are some photos from the Children’s Day we would like to share:

A guy is jumping on the ball
Cez and his favourite activity
Chinese sitting on a pavement
Parents enjoying the weather
Our students purchasing some toys
Kids purchasing some toys
Two Chinese girls are posing for a photo
Workmates posing
Fish balls on a stick
My favourite fish balls!
A Chinese girl wearing traditional Chinese clothes
Beautiful princess
Chinese boy dancing
Cutie!
Egg tarts
Egg tarts
Chinese students smiling
Our lovely students

New friendships

We have also met amazing expats here in Dongguan, Dongcheng, who we spend every weekend with. We usually meet for a dinner, grab some drinks, go clubbing and chat a lot. It’s a great feeling not to be surrounded by Chinese, for a change. The guys are from India, Italy, Korea and Ukraine.

4 people are enjoying a Korean food
That’s us enjoying our Korean dinner. From left: Cecilia, Lisa, Cez and me (Instagram picture)
A couple eating a Korean food and smiling
Us enjoying the evening (Instagram photo)

We really enjoy dining out and going out together. We have been introduced to Korean cuisine last weekend. Together with our friends we went to a typical Korean restaurant and had an amazing dinner. We ordered JabChae– Korean noodles with sweet potatoes, BulGoGi – pork, onion in pepper sauce, KimChi pancake made of vegetables (mostly sweet potatoes) with a variety of seasonings and a lot of appetizers such as fried veggies and rice wine.

A plate of JabChae
A plate of JabChae (Instagram photo)
A plate of Korean Bulgogi
BulGoGi. So good and spicy (Instagram photo)
KimChi Pancake
KimChi Pancake. Cez is in love with this dish! (Instagram photo)

Korean food, in comparison to Chinese cuisine, is much healthier and less oily. Some dishes are steamed or served raw. The herbs and spices are also different, less spicy (from what we tried up to now). We honestly can’t wait to make it to Korea right now!

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Summer’s in the air

Although it’s been raining a lot in Dongguan lately, it’s still hot and humid and we love the palm trees surrounding us. We try to get some tan (cycling). This kind of weather keeps us optimistic and positive!

A girl on a bike and palm trees
On my way to school (Instagram photo)
Beautiful sky on our way back home from school
Beautiful sky on our way back home from school (Instagram photo)

We also visited a picturesque Lake nearby our house called Songshan. It took us 3 hours to cycle it around, but the scenery was worth every drop of sweat.

Songshan Lake scenery
Songshan Lake scenery (Instagram photo)
Sunset at Songshan the Lake
Sunset at Songshan Lake (Instagram photo)

Plans for Summer

We are splitting up again this summer for 5 weeks.

Agness:

I am heading to Europe (most likely to Poland, the Netherlands, Belgium and still considering Portugal and Spain). I am attending Robbie William’s concert in Brussels in the first week of August with my Dutch friend and after that I will decide what to do and where to go next.

Cez:

Cez is most likely going to cycle Japan for less than $25 a day (100% certain when he buys the tickets). Exact itinerary is not set yet, but he will update you soon.

Our decisions were made and now it’s time to make it happen.

If anyone will be around Poland/Holland/Belgium in July/August and wants to meet for a coffee or a glass of red wine (I am not a beer person:)), I would be more than happy to arrange a meeting. Anyone living in Amsterdam/ Brussels? I would need a place to stay in for some time so let me know if you can host me :). 

Same goes for Cez. Do you know of any off the path travel destinations worth exploring in Japan on a budget? Would you like to meet / host / cycle along? If so, let us know!

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57 thoughts on “Travel Update: Life in China and Plans for Summer”

  1. Avatar of Zara @ Backpack ME

    Agness: “still considering Portugal and Spain”?! Make up your mind and come to my country, Portugal!
    I’ll be there the odd week in July and August (between other travels within Europe) and I’d be happy to show you around Lisbon if we coincide there on the same dates! :)

    PS: if you’re still not sure, let me tell you we’ve got the best egg tarts… even better than those in China! ;)

    1. Avatar of Agness Walewinder
      Agness Walewinder

      Hi Zara. Yes, I am still considering Portugal and Spain. If I really get bored of Poland and/or the Netherlands, I’ll come to Portugal, that’s for sure. Otherwise I will stay in Holland for a longer period of time. Thanks for that. I would love to explore Lisbon with you. I’ll definitely keep you posted on my plans x P.S. Egg tarts? Stop teasing me! So unfair! :)

    1. Avatar of Agness Walewinder
      Agness Walewinder

      Tak, bede leciec do Warszawy, potrzebowalabym noclegu na nocke lub dwie. Odezwe sie. Zapraszam na kawe!

  2. Avatar of Daniel @ TeacherGig
    Daniel @ TeacherGig

    Adorable little monsters! Almost makes my want to teach kindergarten again. Almost. Wiping noses and… such… didn’t really agree with me.

    Great post, very authentic and fun to read. I’m also a teacher in Taiwan (the bastard offspring of China), so anytime you feel like a same-but-different experience, swing on by here. I still haven’t made it up to the mainland (unless you cound Hong Kong, which I don’t), but I’m looking forward to a trip to Shanghai later this year.

    Anywhere else you think I should hit next time I head across the strait? I’m not too familiar with Dongguan, what’s it like?

  3. Avatar of Tim M

    Good luck with the freelance business. That’ll be nice to build up so you don’t have to teach.

    I hope Cez does the cycling trip in Japan! I’d love to read about that.

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