Three months before I started this blog, I landed in Beijing for what I intend to be a life experiment. Since my freshman year in college I have heard about China, from various friends who studied abroad in Beijing and some of whom moved here after graduation. Over four years, they shared their knowledge of China’s culture and language, imparting upon me catch phrases and dirty words. Finally, after graduation, I spent two weeks in this mysterious country. Thanks to my host, during those weeks I visited every possible monument, park, and hutong. In between these locations I gorged myself on a variety of Chinese food (except scorpions…I’m terrified of bugs) and explored the nightlife.

It was so amazing that I came back a number of months later to visit my boyfriend in Yunnan province. Greg’s life in Pengtun could not have been more different from Beijing. The toilet consisted of maggot-covered troughs, his shower – a hanging water bottle, and he used a public sink to wash his clothes. The people, on the other hand, were the most welcoming, kind and funny.

I had to move to China. So, once my contract in Boston was up, I set my sights on Beijing and landed in August 2010. This blog is about my experiences here – the good, the bad, and the funny.

One more thing, the name of my blog, you’ll notice, says I’m a third culture kid. I spent my childhood in South Africa, Maryland, Peru, and Mexico, after which I attended a New England boarding school and a small liberal arts college. My parents moved once after I left – to Canada, and since then have returned to the States. I know I would not have had the guts to come here had I grown up differently. I think these experiences give me a unique perspective on Chinese culture, but you can be the judge of that.


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