Park Life

Good morning/afternoon/evening, world! 
We’ve officially begun our 1 month countdown until our next trip home. It’s going to be another busy one, but we only have ourselves to blame because we try to fit in as many people and activities as possible! I’ll be spending some time around Brighton with Toby’s family, a week or so at home in Bournemouth with mine and then a few days in Oxford for my older brother’s wedding. The only downside to it all is the flight.. so many hours!! And if you’ve been following my blog for a while you know how I feel about being on a plane 😂. One thing I’m especially looking forward to is the colder weather. No rain please, England. Cool temperatures and sunshine would be just fine!
Summer time in Guangzhou is, apparently, meant to last until the end of October which means we’re still in for a few more months of sweaty heat, but these past few days have definitely felt a little less humid. I say less, we’re talking 40% humidity instead of 75% but hey I’ll take it. This past Saturday we went for a walk around a park in the area we work in – Zhujiang New Town. We last went there in April when it was much cooler and trees were just beginning to grow new leaves. This time everything was such a beautiful, vivid green and the plants were thriving. 

I know I’ve mentioned it before but every time we visit a park or outdoor space I love seeing how well cared for it is. Every plant is perfectly trimmed to match the others and it seems not one blade of grass is out of place. We grabbed an ice lolly each and parked ourselves on a bench in the shade for a while, listening to a man nearby play his harmonica. It was so peaceful, you forget that main roads run parallel to all 4 sides of the park. 

Right now I’m heading back to Guangzhou from Hong Kong. I’ll never get over how quick it is for us to get there by train or by car, it’s like popping up to London from my home town! It’s definitely one of my favourite cities to visit.. even though I say that every time I go somewhere new 😂. When I arrived at the border yesterday and handed my passport over to the girl behind the desk she was really staring at me. She studied my passport, looked up and told me to move my head left and right, look up and down, put my hair behind my ears and then she’d look at my passport again. For some reason, passport control in any country makes me feel nervous – don’t ask me why because I have no answer 😆 – so I was absolutely crapping myself. She asked me if I had any other documents and I was thinking, I’m screwed. LUCKILY I still carry my UK driving licence in my wallet so I handed that over and she finally let me through, but in 8 years of using this passport I’ve never been questioned before.. so strange.
 We have 2 more days to work until our week off and trip to Zhangjiajie (the Avatar mountains, remember?). I’m super excited and can’t wait to spend some time outdoors, but I’m sure by the end of it I’ll be complaining that my feet are sore and covered in blisters!! 
I hope you’re all having a great week so far and thank you for taking a few minutes out of your day to read my blog – I appreciate it and appreciate YOU ❤
Lots of love, englishgirlinchina XO


1 Comment

  1. Beverley
    September 21, 2017 / 12:34 pm

    Oh didn’t realise the trip was so close. It looks magical. Xx

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