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Sophie

Europe

I really want to go to……Almeria

It’s the end of March. I know, I know. And you know what? We’re at that point in which it’s time to seriously plan the summer holidays. Ah yes, the summer holidays usually filled with beaches, good food and good wine. But I have no summer holiday plans! And I need a beach! I used to like the idea of doing a city break and mixing it in with the beach but now i’m a full time Londoner (yes that…

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China

Things you’re usually asked in a Chinese taxi

Taking a taxi in China is always a bit of an adventure especially if you’re out in the sticks. If you can speak some mandarin it’s even more awkward and mildly enjoyable as the drivers like to interview you about your lives and of course talk some controversial politics. Having lived in different cities in China, I can definitely say the drivers in Xi’an were the most inquisitive and wanted to chat even after the journey had eneded. So here’s the top…

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China

Hong Kong Airlines and being pepper sprayed

I hadn’t been able to sleep the night before. It had been four years since I left Hong Kong, the beautiful city I had studied abroad in for a semester. Quite frankly, it had been four years too long. Sat on the airport express, I was pumped, ready to go and even in the mood for a celebratory selfie. Fast forward two hours and I was sat on my backpack of Beijing airport’s floor still waiting for check in to open.…

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China

The best ways to see the Great Wall of China

The Great Wall of China is quite honestly a beast. But it’s the one beast people have at the top of their bucket list when they visit the country. Hell, i’ve even heard of people skipping Beijing, heading straight to the wall and flying back out again (i’m not recommending that). There are so many options for visiting the wall, whether its staying in a nice hotel, camping on the actual wall or just heading there for the day and…

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Europe

Spending Christmas in Paris

I know it’s a little late but i’ve only just got around to sorting through my photos from the family Christmas in Paris. And boy was it an awesome Christmas. It was unusual, Christmas Day on the Eiffel Tower and Boxing Day in Disneyland Paris but it was so much fun. I’d definitely recommend spending the festive period in Paris – everything was open! We couldn’t believe it! So until I get writing some more about my trip, here’s a…

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Lifestyle

Things that happened in JANUARY

I’m always one for an update post and as we’re nearing the end of January (please make the cold stop) it seems like it’s about time! January for everyone is about making goals, resolutions and thinking about the rest of the year and i’ve certainly been doing that. One in particular is getting out and doing stuff. Over the past couple of months i’ve become incredibly lazy and fond of heating and so one aim this year is to get…

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China

2.91 billion journeys? It must be Chinese New Year!

This weekend the ‘Spring Festival rush’ kicked off in China. It’s a time when everyone begins to start the long journey home to celebrate Chinese New Year which falls on January 28. It’s estimated that 2.91 billion journeys will be made this year during the 40 day period.  I thought it would be interesting to take a look at because it’s something that is a big part of Chinese culture and also helps show that there’s more to the middle kingdom’s…

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Lifestyle Travel

Switch off your bloody phones. It’s time for a digital detox.

“OFF. NOW. For bad word’s sake!!” I don’t know what came over me. Maybe it was the two hours sleep i’d had the night before. Maybe it was the fact that I was leaving China for good and feeling strangely….OK about it, but this woman had irritated me to the max. No I don’t usually have regular outbursts on a plane. Honest. But when you’re hurtling down the runway during take-off and the girl next to you is trying to…

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Lifestyle Travel

Expat life isn’t always fun, holidays and parties

Starting out the new year, travelling or moving abroad is always a resolution so i’m here telling you what it’s really like to be an expat. And i’m going to tell you about it through one of my diary posts written during my time in Beijing. A couple of months ago it was my birthday and I had received some messages on Facebook. As I was reading through them, there was one message that hit me. “Happy Birthday Sophie! So…

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China

China’s freezing Disneyland: Harbin Snow and Ice Festival

No this isn’t a scene from Frozen, this is Harbin Snow and Ice Festival in China. Possibly my favourite trip that I did while living in China and also the most costly to get to. Every year in January and February people rush to northern China to see the year’s Ice and Snow Festival, thought to the the biggest in the world. Sculptors from around the world join together to create the amazing snow and ice wonderland, carving the blocks…

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