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5 of the Best & Worst Things I Learned About China

Best

Bodily functions like burping and farting are considered the norm. It’s fine to make such noises during moments of silence.
Almost everything these days is “Made in China”. If you can find the factory for what you’re after, you’re bound to get it cheap.
If you’re a Westerner outside of Beijing, you can see what it’s like to live the life of a celebrity… in terms of being stared at and asked to be in photographs. You may find next time you see a celebrity you won’t ask for their autograph or a picture.
Land transport is very very cheap in China. Buses 1 RMB (~10p), Subway 2 RMB (~20p) and high speed trains dirt cheap compared to planes.
Getting a local sim is easy and cheap. There are mobile shops everywhere and txts/calls are negligible. Data plans are common on pay-as-you-go sim cards too.

 
Worst

Entering into the country is too difficult. You need to have flights, accommodation and an itinerary proof in order to get the visa. If the visa gets declined, you’re stuck with (probably) non-refundable bookings. Having it arranged in Hong Kong by an agency is known to be the simplest way.
Kids have the right to pee and defecate anywhere on the street. So much so, they’ve even design trousers to make it as easy as possible to do it without a parent needing to be around. Careful where you tread.
The language is difficult to learn. Regional variations (Mandarin, Cantonese etc.. and thick accents outside of the cities), an alphabet of pictorial characters instead of letters, a heavy reliance on context with exact sounding words meaning different things, words spoken with varying tones meaning different things and difficult pronunciation even with a word written down in western letters.
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12 Days To Go – 5 Things I’m Most Looking Forward To On My Trip

I won’t lie that with 12 days to go, there’s a part of me that’s getting a little nervous now. My mind’s playing games on all the eventualities that I haven’t planned for. When I step back from the moment and realise this, I can see that all the planning I need to do is done now. Instead, I try to think about the positives – the things that I’m looking forward to on the trip.

1) Testing my comfort zone
2) Being the sole decision make for where, when and how to travel
3) Seeing who and what I miss about home
4) Real life stories reshaping my own perspective
5) Answering the question “what do you really need in life?”

In this post, I explain these 5 things that mean the most to me….

 
1) Testing my comfort zone

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5 Things I’ve Noticed Since Leaving Work

It’s been just over a month since I’ve left the world of work. I’ve noticed some changes in myself, noticed something things that strangely haven’t, some predictable, others not so.

1) I dream again
2) I no longer run for every train/bus
3) I eat less
4) Life’s more of an emotional roller coaster
5) I still don’t watch any TV

These are my thoughts on each…

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