I'm Back! 

Today’s blog is coming to you live (but not really once I post this) from China Southern flight CZ338. I’ve been in Seoul for around 38 hours and now heading back to Guangzhou. Quite a nice way to break up the week! 
I realize I haven’t written on my blog for a few weeks now and really I have no excuse. It’s not that I’m lazy – though I actually am – it’s that I haven’t felt like I’ve experienced anything worth writing about! I jot down notes here and there when I see something funny or “do” something but I’ve been really crap at putting them together. I’m sorry, to myself, because I want this to be a regular thing! Naughty Hannah.. but scolding aside, let’s begin..
I’ll start with something a bit obscure, and not really worth writing down, but I found it genuinely shocking. A few weeks ago I saw a Chinese woman in a cafe. Pretty normal, right? She was eating a scone.. cool, Chinese people enjoy eating scones. WITH A FORK. A fork!!!!!! She would stick the utensil in, break a chunk off, DIP IT IN A LITTLE POT OF JAM, and eat it. 
I mean.. what?! I was so disturbed that I pointed it out to Toby, who shrugged and looked at me like I was mad. No, no, no fellow Chinese citizen, you need to cut that bad boy in half, slather it with clotted cream and jam and then pick it up and eat it like a little pizza. Honestly.. words fail me. 🤦🏻‍♀️
Next on to something pretty cool. This past Sunday we went dragon boat racing. Though technically it wasn’t a race because there was 12 of us in 1 boat, it was more of a training session, but still! Our favourite American’s dropped us a drunken text late on Saturday with the suggestion and we were all for it. How cultural! 🐲 Dragon boat racing on the Pearl River – the second longest river in China. 
When I gave it some more thought I was a little concerned about the cleanliness of the water but decided it best to play ignorant and not think about it. It is not the cleanest river in the world by far but upon arriving we were assured it was highly unlikely for anyone to actually fall in. Phew! A little wobbly to begin with, it ended up being so much fun and a killer workout. At one point we even had a guy sat at the front of the boat banging on the drum to keep everyones timing, how authentic. 😉
We all ended up rather wet due to our paddles smacking the water too hard. Water went into my eyes and ears and I definitely ended up swallowing more than I care to think about but I’ve yet to be sick and I haven’t woken up with a third, mutant eye so it can’t have been that bad.

Since I last posted life has been quite normal. We continue to try new places for dinner (and eat at Pizza Express way too often), attempt to explore on the weekends (but it’s still so bloody hot) and are still battling through our Mandarin lessons. The first package of classes that we purchased have been completed and we’re onto a new set. We can fairly confidently direct taxi drivers now – or with difficulty when they stray from our textbook conversations – and can understand a lot more than before, for example, on this flight the cabin crew were asking other passengers in Chinese if they’d prefer chicken rice or pork rice and we totally understood!! 
I’ve even noticed I’m so switched on to Chinese that upon getting into a taxi when we arrived in Seoul I said “xiexie” (thank you) to the driver. I’m still hoping he didn’t notice..
So that’s a pretty quick round up of my life over the last few weeks that I’ve been M.I.A. OH and we also received our professional wedding pictures so I’ve been spending most free minutes of my day looking through those, constantly. Every time I look at a photo I see something I didn’t before, like the look on someones face in the background during our vows or the reactions of our guests during our first dance, and my heart melts all over again.
I hope you’re all having a great week so far.. promise I won’t be so tardy with my posts in the future. XO

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  1. Anna
    August 24, 2017 / 7:38 pm

    I do understand about eating a scone with a fork. I eat cake with a fork, yes, but a scone? You are right, cut it in half and pick it up!!
    Really enjoy your blog. Thank you for doing it, so interesting hearing about living abroad. So different to Bournemouth.

    • August 25, 2017 / 7:16 am

      I’m glad it’s not just me 😂 thank you so much Anna, that really means a lot to me and encourages me to keep going!! X

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