Ask a…Summer Beijinger

[vc_row][vc_column width=”5/6″][vc_column_text] As many people in expat communities like Beijing know, summer brings with it a mass-exodus from the city. Largely following the academic year, lots of individuals and families spend time outside of the city during the summer holidays. I sit editing this back in the US and as such, it seemed fitting that this week’s Ask a…post be a shout out to those staying in the Jing this

Ask a…Tourist

[vc_row][vc_column width=”5/6″][vc_column_text] I may be slightly biased, but I personally am so excited to share this week’s ask a…tourist because… *drum roll*… it’s with my mom, Gloria!   So, I’ll pretend I don’t know…but what brings you to China? This particular time I am coming to China to my daughter’s (your!) graduation. She is finishing up her master’s in International Relations from UIBE. However, my friend Julie and I are also going

Ask a(n)…International School Teacher

[vc_row][vc_column width=”5/6″][vc_column_text] A few weeks ago I talked to my friend, TJ, about life as an international student. If you missed that blog, you can find it at here. This week I decided to turn the tables and catch up with my friend Grant, an international school teacher, with amazing experiences from around the world.   Let’s jump right in and ask a(n) international school teacher!   Well, to start

Ask a…Roommate

[vc_row][vc_column width=”5/6″][vc_column_text] Last week I got to talk to Angel about life as a commuter, which you can read here. This week I caught up with my friend, Jessica, to talk about a different component of life in Beijing: roommates.   Let’s Ask a…Roommate!   To start this conversation about roommates, Jessica, how long have you had a roommate? The first time I had a roommate was when I had

Ask a…Commuter

Living in a huge city, lots of people travel long distances to get to and from work. So for this week I decided to talk to my friend Angel, who has one of longest commutes of anyone I know. Here this week’s Ask a…Commuter:   For the baseline question, Angel, how long is your daily commute? About 2.5 – 3 hours total, up from the 0.5 hours total it used

Ask a…TCK

Living as an expat means there are lots of different people you get to meet, and some of the coolest people I’ve gotten to talk to are third-culture kids, or TCKs. This week I was really excited to have the chance to talk to Noah, a friend of mine who’s grown up overseas and getting ready to move to the US for university, but I’ll let him share the rest

Ask a(n)…International Student

This week I got to Ask a(n)…International Student! I got to talk to my friend, and fellow student, TJ, about life as a student overseas. He’s originally from Zimbabwe and is studying here in Beijing.   So to get us started, TJ, can you tell us a little bit about your studies? I am a Bachelor’s student studying computer science at Beijing University of Technology. It is a 4 year

Ask a…Pastor

For this week’s Ask a… blog post, we decided to catch up with Pastor Ben and learn more about what life is actually like for a pastor! If you missed last week’s interview, check out Ask a…Beijinger with Serene here.   Thanks so much for taking to the time to chat, Pastor Ben! To start us off, can you tell us a bit about where you serve and what do

Ask a…Beijinger

Today’s post marks the start of a new blog series, called “Ask a…” where we’ll be interviewing different people about their lives and experiences. Due to our home base being Beijing, we’ve decided to launch the series with Ask a Beijinger! Our guest is my good friend Serene and I’ll let her tell you more about her life as a Beijinger!   Serene, how long have you been in Beijing?