Life Update: My Endless Summer is Over and I’m Back in Beijing

Labrang/Xiahe
Labrang/Xiahe

I’m back! Back from what I have now starting calling (to myself…) My Endless Summer. At times this Summer really did feel endless (in an amazing, magical, dream like way of course!). Taking two entirely different trips (Tibetan regions/Western China first and then Indonesia) was a great way to make it feel like summer would last forever.

Mushroom Bay, Nusa Lembongan
Mushroom Bay, Nusa Lembongan

We did so much and saw so many amazing things over the last couple of months. I’m dying to fill you all in on everything we did and share some of the hundreds of beautiful photos we took, but I’m back in Beijing now and already back at work. The summer travel posts will be coming though, don’t worry! I’ve also got tons of emails and messages I need to reply to (sorry!) and so many posts to read from all my favourite bloggers! And of course, summer holidays are over but summer itself isn’t, so there’s still lots more fun to be had here in Beijing before it begins to get cold. I will get caught up..eventually!

A quick note on what I’m doing now I’m back in Beijing: I’m in my second year of my contract at the International School I teach at. My classroom is all set up and I’m ready for my new class to arrive on Monday. It’s my 5th Year of teaching since I qualified with my PGCE, but, since I taught ESL for several years before that, I don’t count it as my 5th year of being a teacher (more like 8th or something). Since large International schools often hire very far in advance, it won’t be long before Justin and I have to start deciding if I should renew my contract and we stay in Beijing, or if we should move elsewhere..! Crazy as we have a whole year left here (at least!).

Bliss, Ubud
Bliss, Ubud

It’s been a very busy week so I won’t be starting my proper posts about our trips, our new apartment or the fun things we’ve already been doing since we arrived back in Beijing last week just yet. I’ll leave you with  just a few of the many iphone photos I took on our trip- a little snapshot of the summer. 
Which iphone photo do you like best?

Offering, Ubud
Offering, Ubud
Leshan Buddha
Leshan Buddha
Rice Field Selfie!
Rice Field Selfie!
Bus stop, Amdo
Bus stop, Amdo
Girl her bike and her chicken, Chengdu
Girl, her bike and her chicken, Chengdu
Trying to take a moped selfie...
Trying to take a moped selfie…
Love you forever Nusa Lembongan!
Love you forever Nusa Lembongan!
Birthdays
Birthdays
Traffic jam
Traffic jam
My ride
My ride
Tibetan spicy noodle
Tibetan spicy noodle

9 thoughts on “Life Update: My Endless Summer is Over and I’m Back in Beijing

    1. Hope your classroom set up is going well..! i didn’t change mine too much from last year so it wasn’t such a mammoth task this time..phew!

  1. Yay, I’m glad you had such a great trip. Though selfishly I’m glad you’re back because now I get to read all about your adventures. I’m especially excited to hear about your time in the Tibetan region. Can’t wait! Oh, and wonderful photos. I kind of love the one with the girl and the chicken 🙂

  2. Eugh, got a few more days before I start school but can’t believe how quickly Hols went! I loved Bali so much, could live there! Did you stay in ubud? Only went for day: wish I could have explored a bit longer!

    1. Oh I know- i really want to live in Bali now too! I really liked Ubud- stayed for about 6 days then went to Gilis and Nusa lembongan for the rest of the trip. Definitely want to go back! Hope the start of school goes well for you!

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