I don't really see myself as a traveller, a wanderer, or an adventurous person. My everyday life is nothing out of the ordinary: I go to work, I come home, I go to the gym, drink a beer with friends or watch Netflix, and then go to bed. But the one thing that makes my … Continue reading Extravagance
I'll come straight out and say it: I've changed country again. I can't seem to stay in one place for long. Ever since my first taste of life abroad (2011-12 Erasmus study exchange in Grenoble, France), I've been happily jetting off every year or two for new experiences in different countries. In 2013, I moved … Continue reading Another year, another country
These days I find I forget to live in the moment. Since October I have been interning in a market research company in London. I enjoy the work most days, but an internship is by definition short-term and a preparation for the next step, meaning that I'm constantly thinking about the future. Returning to the … Continue reading Living
I think the best word to describe the second semester at the university in Shanghai would be ‘draining’. I went back about 6 weeks before the start of the semester, to get a head start on my thesis writing, yet by the time classes started I was far from finished. I was constantly juggling all … Continue reading Spring travels: a short break in Guangxi province (April 2017)
My first experience of Chinese New Year (CNY) was in Paris. In February 2016 my friend and I started taking Chinese lessons with a private tutor, who was about the same age as me. After our respective first lessons she invited us to celebrate CNY with her at her home in the suburbs. She was … Continue reading Chinese New Year
First semester was exhausting. Don’t get me wrong, the first few months in China were great, but I definitely felt a huge relief after submitting my final essay on 7th January. That said, I also felt (feel) frustrated. It’s bittersweet submitting essays which you know are not using your full potential. I admit that for … Continue reading On to the next
When I started my master’s in Paris I already knew that I would be jetting off to Shanghai for the second year. I convinced myself that since the degree was in two parts, I should spend the entire first year focusing on the European part of the course. I therefore decided to polish my French … Continue reading I’d like the red one, please.