Category: Expat Life

“Teacher, You Like Coffee?” A True Story from Arabia

“Teacher, You Like Coffee?” A True Story from Arabia

Imagine yourself, a qualified professional teacher who is accustomed to a certain level of, what, decorum? in the classroom. Now, imagine that you arrive at your new job, and you find that all of your expectations are…going out the window. Along with the students. But […]

Three Things to Buy Before Moving Abroad

Three Things to Buy Before Moving Abroad

Must-Buy Things Before Moving Overseas So you’re a soon-to-be expat? You’ve signed a contract and you’ll be living overseas, abroad, in an exotic locale rubbing shoulders with fascinating people from cultures new and unexperienced. That’s wonderful! If you know anything about Our Traveling Zoo, we […]

Life in China: Living in Shenzhen Means Noise

Life in China: Living in Shenzhen Means Noise

Living in Shenzhen Means Noise Traveling, and particularly living abroad as expats, teaches us about ourselves and about our own society as much as it does about others. In this entry of Life in China, we’re talking about something which has informed our understanding of […]

Life in China: Food Culture

Life in China: Food Culture

This installment of our Life in China series kicks off a discussion about food culture. Before we get started, bear in mind that we’re looking at things through our American lenses, and we know that naturally we carry our own cultural biases with us as […]

Life in China: Our Five Favorite Chinese Foods

Life in China: Our Five Favorite Chinese Foods

Our last installment in the Life in China series was about cost of living here in Shenzhen, China. This week, we are writing about our favorite truly authentic Chinese foods. China is renowned for its cuisine, of which it has eight main sorts. Each one […]

Life in China: Cost of Living

Life in China: Cost of Living

Hi everyone! Welcome back to “Life in China.” This is the second post in our series, and it is all about cost of living here in Shenzhen, China. We are frequently asked what the cost of living in China is like and whether we can […]

Life in China: A Series

Life in China: A Series

Hi Everyone! Welcome to the first in a series of posts about life in China, specifically Shenzhen. Living in China is something friends and family ask us about regularly, and learning more about daily life in this humungous nation was a topic of sincere interest […]

How to Get to Hong Kong Airport from Shenzhen

How to Get to Hong Kong Airport from Shenzhen

So you need to get from Shenzhen to Hong Kong Airport (HKG) and the options aren’t clear. We compiled a list of options with approximate costs/travel time/level of convenience. Ferry This is a preferred method of many because of its speed (about 30 minutes from […]

10 Reasons to Move Overseas

10 Reasons to Move Overseas

Curious why I’d move half way around the world to teach English?  Sometimes I am.  Sometimes I scratch my own head and stare at the ceiling as a thought bubble appears over my head (pictured below).  There are, of course, many reasons for making a […]