That I’m missing right now
I was contacted recently by HiFX to contribute to their campaign for providing tips for future expats. I, being the crazy person that I am, have decided to write about what I’m missing in China, to show that this wonderful country still has an effect on me. Hopefully one day someone will read it and think yeah, that sounds like the place I’d like to be an expat in!
4. The Language
Believe it or not, I actually began to understand Mandarin, yes, some of those dainty little picture characters were legible to me, helping me communicate during my day to day life. Knowing the language made me so comfortable in my life in China, it broke down barriers and I could sit anywhere and still be able to have a brief conversation with someone.
The translations are hilarious too.
I’m trying hard to get a job in Queenstown right now where even just the Mandarin I know will be of benefit to a job, just so I can keep it up and not lose it.
3. Day-to-day life
Life in New Zealand is pretty similar to life at home, there aren’t many things which can surprise me. True, there are interesting quirks in New Zealand, but it’s not like China where I can swear that I saw something new, interesting or funny every day for 2 years.
2. Chinese transport
I loved travelling on all the forms of transport available in China, whether it was taxi, train, bus or plane. One of my favourite train rides was when I met a random Russian; one of my favourite trips by plane was to Guilin to meet up with Agness and Cez or to Beijing to meet up with Beka; my favourite bus ride was to meet up with a colleague and stay with her family for a few days.
1. Chinese Food
Oh, the dishes you’ll see! This will always be number 1 on any list of awesome things about China. I know a lot of people are skeptical about Chinese food. It’s seen that we’re given the “safe” option at takeaways across the Western world, which is pretty true. However Chinese cuisine is so much more than what we can get at home. There’s sweet, spicy, meaty, vegetable, tofu dishes galore (although I still do stay well away from the tofu) and so much choice. You can have noodles or rice, or stew or hotpot. I’m salivating just thinking about it now.