China ✈️ England

It’s been a while since I sat down and updated my blog and I say this every time I’ve been slacking but seriously, time has just sped past. If you follow me on Instagram you’ll know that I spent the last 2 weeks at home in the UK so I’ve been a little pre-occupied. Thanks to my older brother’s wedding I was able to spend time with family and old friends that I hadn’t seen for years and years as we all got together in Oxford to celebrate. The day itself was beautiful (the venue was stunning) and I was so sad to part ways with everyone when it was all over – aren’t the post wedding blues only meant to affect you after your OWN wedding?! Congratulations again, Simon & Jen (hey – I’m a poet and I didn’t know it)!

It’s funny to go back to familiar places after spending so much time away because it really feels like time hasn’t passed at all. On our first weekend we went into Brighton for a walk around the lanes (one of my favourite places to spend some time) which I hadn’t done for at least 3 years and everything was exactly as I’d remembered. I may as well have only been there the weekend before!! In true British style it was absolutely chucking it down – guess who forgot to take their umbrella out with them – so we had to run and hide in shops every so often when the rain was coming down horizontally. Cheers, Hurricane Brian. You sure welcomed us back! Luckily the weather improved dramatically throughout our trip and we managed to squeeze in a walk along Bournemouth beach stopping for Fish & Chips (thanks mum & dad) along the way, which was something I’ve wanted to do each time we’ve gone home but was never able to fit in. 

Speaking of weather, as I usually do, here’s an updated Guangzhou weather report for you: it’s bloody LOVELY! The humidity is gone and there’s a beautiful cool breeze in the air. We’ve only been back for 2 days so of course it’s subject to change but so far we’ve been greeted by blue skies and sunshine. It’s warmer here than in the UK so we’ve traded our jumpers for t-shirts again (though I have to admit, England was unseasonably toasty for October) as it’s a comfortable 27 degrees, as opposed to the high 40’s we were struggling with not long before we left. 
As difficult as it always is to say goodbye to everyone – mum & dad, I’m looking at you – I was looking forward to getting back to Guangzhou. As it stands right now, this city is home and it’s a huge part of our lives. It always takes me a few days to adjust to the empty feeling after spending time around the people I love (besides my husband, of course) but I’m feeling so content and relaxed, which is nice. I may have previously mentioned it in an old post but when we returned from our visit in March I was pretty miserable. I was unsettled, I felt lonely and I was feeling so lost. Why was I living so far away from what I know, why were we putting ourselves in this uncomfortable situation?! I’m happy to report that it’s no longer uncomfortable 🙂.
Now that we’re in November I’m mentally planning our decorations for December – I’m going to make it look like Christmas has thrown up in our apartment. If you have any ideas for affordable, “tasteful” decorations that I might be able to order online please feel free to leave me any suggestions. I’ve found a few cute things in Zara Home but they are not cheap.. one of the downsides to being an expat in a country that doesn’t widely celebrate the same holidays that we do. 
While we’re on the topic of holidays, I’d been putting off/working on a post about Mid-Autumn Festival which was celebrated in China last month. I will be posting it soon, even though I’m late. But as they say, better late than never, right?
I hope you’re having a lovely weekend and that the sun is shining wherever you are ☀️.



  1. Beverley smith
    November 4, 2017 / 11:30 am

    It’s was lovely as always to have you both here. Next time I will get you on a horse. So excited now I know that I am coming to visit. OMG can’t believe it. 😊😊

    • November 5, 2017 / 11:21 am

      Hahahaha uhoh!!!! Yesss it will be so much fun to show you around – looking forward to February 🙂 xxx

  2. This Is Big Brother
    November 4, 2017 / 1:55 pm

    “If you have any ideas for affordable, “tasteful” decorations that I might be able to order online”
    Surely Taobao has every Christmas decoration under the sun on there?! I’m so jealous that I can’t figure out how to use that app… I’d spend far too much money on there!
    Thanks for coming back and celebrating our big day with us… Was great to catch up, and we’ll head over to your side of the world soon enough!! Xxx

    • November 5, 2017 / 11:20 am

      It does.. but it’s hard to find what I’m looking for haha check out Baopals, it’s the expat version of Taobao though I’m not sure if they ship to the UK.
      Yes see you soon I hope – you’re both always welcome 🙂 xxx

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