It’s really hard to believe three years ago, my best friend and I started an adventure halfway around the globe that completely changed my world, as I knew it.
|It is amazing how much we have changed over the last three years.|
The longer Chris and I stay in Shanghai, the faster the days fly by. I am so thankful that we have had so many incredible adventures over the last year.
|After we got settled in our new place, we had a great time visiting our family in the US.|
|I had a great time hanging with my nieces!|
|After we returned from the US, I had a great time exploring the sites around Shanghai,|
|and meeting my husband's colleagues at Qiandaohu.|
|We also learned how to make my favorite Shanghainese soup dumplings.|
|It was back to school on September 1st.|
|Unfortunately I lost my voice for most of the month, so I learned about Chinese remedies.|
|Fortunately I recovered in time for the Color Run.|
|October started in a very rainy Thailand,|
|and ended with a school wide Halloween celebration.|
|In November we celebrated Chris' birthday in Guilin,|
|and fed some water buffalo.|
|We rounded out the month with a lovely Friendsgiving!|
|In January, we rang in the New Year in Shanghai.|
|We also had some fun in Harbin,|
|and learned what it felt like to be frozen.|
|After freezing in Harbin, we defrosted in romantic Bali in February.|
|After we returned, we celebrated Lunar New Year with my parents.|
|In April we took a quick trip to Hangzhou for Qingming.|
|May ended with a wedding crashing, birthday celebration.|
|In June, another school year came to a close and I said goodbye to my fifth graders.|
Now that we are fairly certain that Shanghai has a looming expiration date, I am willing myself to focus on the original reason why I started the blog. When I started sharing our story, I was terrified and wanted answers. I wanted to know what I needed to do to survive living in a foreign country. I wanted to know which places we should visit, and what I needed to thrive professionally. Most of all, I wanted to share my adventures in Shanghai.
Stay tuned for some big updates! Thank you for another wonderful year, dear readers!