Another short and sweet post, to share the latest ICS newsletter…where I actually introduce you to one of my new friends here, Sabine. A warm, open and generous woman who has amazing strawberry-blonde coloured hair (yes, I have hair envy!!!), who is from Germany, and also on her first Expat experience here in Shenyang. She also conveniently lives in our apartment compound! So I hope you enjoy reading the interview I did with her!
In other news, the kids had their end of year concert last week. I won’t say too much about it today, except to say that I am so proud of my kids to have the courage to get up on stage in front of about 100 Chinese families to sing songs and dance. The kindergarten took photos and video footage, and hopefully this becomes available to us in a couple of weeks. Once we have received this, I share this with all of you, along with other photos of their time at school.
I will also share this photo, where I took the kids to the movies for the first time in China! Both of them loved ‘Finding Dory’… Xavier loved Hank the best! Addy liked everyone!
Okay… well I have to go do some study and other ICS business (designing the club’s new logo!)…so I will say ‘Ciao’ for now…
A short but sweet post, to let you all know that most Wednesday mornings (from 10:00am) you will find me at Caffe Bene, where a group of Expats regularly meet for company; and to share advice and ideas for living in Shenyang. Everyone is welcome to attend… no special password or handshakes required!
Last Thursday, we took full advantage of a Public Holiday (Dragon Boat Holiday, 9th of June) by flying to Shanghai for the first time as a familyfor a long weekend of exploration. (Steve has previously travelled to Shanghai many times for work).
We are now quickly closing in on our ‘one year anniversary’ of living in Shenyang, China and what an experience it has been to date! As a first time expat, it has been quite the ‘ride’ with both ups and downs, and moments of apathy in between. I won’t get into these details right now, but I will share information about the International Club of Shenyang, a club I recently joined, which has subsequently enabled me feel ‘more like I am part of’ the Shenyang community!
At the end of March my Dad came to visit us in Shenyang to see what our life is like in China (in other words he was on a parental reconnaissance mission, checking to make sure his kid was doing okay! Yes, I don't stop being their kid, despite nearing forty years of age!)
Well, Dad could see with his own eyes that Steve, the kids and I were negotiating life in China with enthusiasm and innovation (aka communicating through mime with a sprinkling of basic Chinese phrases!). We showed him around Shenyang and also took him on a trip to Dandong…the city where China and North Korea meet.