Saturday, 12 May 2018

Beijing Moments #3

It’s really difficult to document the daily randomness of your host country when you’re living as an expat, and those are the things you want to remember the most. Those random little things that often drive you insane but also make you laugh and say #onlyin(insert host country) Each week I feature the everyday moments of life as an expat in Beijing, which was an idea originally found on New York Cliche.

A new restaurant opened up on the street next to our apartment. Our apartments are a new build and everywhere you look around them looks a little like a construction site, so seeing these beautiful Chinese decorations outside of the restaurant made me smile. It's nice to see a little bit of China, in Beijing!

One of our team members is leaving Beijing after 10 years and we went out to celebrate her leaving party at the weekend. It was nice to socialise outside of work for once. She's been having a bit of a rough time lately and during the meal she said, with a big smile on her face 'I don't need doctors or medicine, I just need my friends. I feel better!' It made my heart melt a little! 

These guys were cleaning the windows of a high rise opposite my living room window at the weekend and it was comical. They spent the best part of a lazy and hungover Sunday on the sofa entertaining me as I watched them out of the window. They were literally like swinging monkeys, swinging on the rope and swatting at the window each time. #onlyinBeijing

Beijing loves a pretty red door! You can find the most unique and unusual doors in the middle of the most random places. I found this one when strolling through a modern shopping centre. That is one of the things I love the most about Beijing. You can find a bit of traditional Beijing in the most unexpected places.

Another things I really like about China is that there is a job for anybody and anybody will do any job. Above all, on top of them being willing to do any job, many that us Westerners would not do, they keep their positivity and are some of the happiest people. That attitude really is a credit to them! This guy was the most pleasant, cheerful man and it was really refreshing to see and smile at him. 

What were your memorable moments of this week? Let me know in the comments.

1 comment

  1. This is a lovely post and a great idea Nikki! We love the idea of sharing and capturing those unique moments from the week! Sometimes it's easy to forget the little things you saw! We'll have to keep an eye out for fun things in Stockport! :)

    Lucy and Kelly xx


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