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Welcome to Paper Crane Stories – thanks for stopping by! I’m a Brit living in California, married to an American and always planning our next adventure. I’m a serial expat (I’ve lived in 5 countries) who loves to travel, eat, create and write. Read more on my about page.


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Exciting Personal Announcement!

Hi everyone! I have some exciting personal news today and a bit of info about…

I loved Japan, Of Course

The two weeks we recently spent in Japan (over Spring Festival/Chinese New Year) must have…

Tea Leaf Potatoes And Sheep Cheese? My 5 Favourite Chinese Foods!

If I asked you to list some Chinese foods, would you include potatoes or cheese? You…

A Surprisingly Warm January Day In Beijing

Something crazy has been happening in Beijing lately; I haven’t been freezing all day everyday!…

Christmas In The UK After 18 Months in Asia!

Happy New Year! This Christmas Justin and I went back to the UK to visit…

Beijing Life, Lately

I’ve been a little quiet on the internet and blog lately. The last few weeks…

Gili Air: Birthday Paradise

It’s getting cold here in Beijing. Night time lows are already getting into the minuses…

Seven Reasons Why I Still Love Seoul

As many of you know, I used to live in South Korea. I worked there…

Living In Beijing’s Hutong

Hi Guys- want to know where we live now? Well- some of you guessed it!…

The Best and Worst Things About Living In Beijing

I meant to do a “Yippee we’ve lived in Beijing for a year post”, but…

We Got Thrown Out Of Our Beijing Apartment!

  Followers on my Instagram or Twitter accounts might have seen my recent news: after…

My Favourite Expat Travel Blogs

  I first started a blog to document my life abroad in 2006. I’d just…