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Surgery in China

It all started with a tired voice...... Around September time we welcomed a new group of teachers at M.E.F. They came to Jinan to meet the team and were scheduled for training at my school. Over the next few days I was involved in the trainings and was non-stop talking for 3 days (which to be honest, isn't unusual for someone from Ireland, we talk ALOT!). However at the end [...]

By |November 3rd, 2020|

Nightlife in Jinan

Meeting new people in Jinan is much easier when you know where most of the expats go at the weekends. As Jinan is ever growing we have new nightclubs and bars opening up every few months, but here are a few of our favourites. Wow Bar/ Restaurant  A very popular place for dancing, drinking and bar food. They have an English menu and a good variety of drinks to choose [...]

By |October 27th, 2020|

Our unlucky trip to Shanghai!

We decided to spend a few days in Shanghai and Beijing over the holidays to do some more exploring! Three hours before we were supposed to leave for the airport my apartment door handle fell off as I tried to close the door. So there was a mad panic to get a locksmith over within the hour to fix my door as I was leaving my apartment for the next [...]

By |September 30th, 2020|


Jinan is the capital city of Shandong province and it’s where I have lived for 1 ½ years. It has beautiful attractions, lots of shopping malls and too many restaurants to count. Here are the top 5 tourist attractions that Jinan has to offer: Daming Lake This is the largest lake in Jinan and its located in the city centre, around 30 minutes in a taxi from where we live. [...]

By |September 22nd, 2020|

The Bikes of China

Living in the Birmingham, the second largest city in the UK, I was used to seeing gridlocked roads filled with cars, lorries, vans and the odd motorbike or bicycle. I was used to being one of the cars in the centre of all that. As I was preparing to move to China one of the things that I dreaded most was the thought of not having a car. Of [...]

By |September 14th, 2020|

When things go wrong with your E-bike!

E-bikes are a great thing in China, they are very reasonably priced and allow you to travel to places without having to rely on taxis. I have had Rosietta ( my rose gold E-bike ) for over 18 months and she has done a great job at getting me around Jinan and has been my transport to and from work every day. I paid 1500 RMB for my E-bike and [...]

By |August 20th, 2020|

My first month in China: Expectations vs Reality

Expectations Six months ago, I had never visited Asia, or even spent more than 7 days outside of the UK. The thought of moving to China was exciting but also terrifying. My family thought I was crazy, and some days so did I. I expected the first few weeks to be extremely difficult. I needed to find an apartment, start a new job, navigate a different culture and deal with [...]

By |August 20th, 2020|
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