July 24, 2014

Happy Birthday lil' Sis'

Today is my little sisters birthday! I wish her a very happy day, a lovely time with our family and a great year ahead! She is starting her final year of school soon and I am so proud of her. I hope she is continuing to do so well in her classes and finishes next summer. I have missed some of her birthdays already due to work and me being abroad, but this year I am especially sad as I would love to celebrate with her in her first own apartment. 


So lil' sis', I hope you have a great day nonethertheless and I just wanted to let you know that I love you and miss you!!

July 23, 2014

China Travel No.2 - Beijing Sightseeing


I visited a lot of the famous places, like the Forbidden City, the Olympic Stadium and park, the Tian’anmen –square and the Temple of Heaven. I had two very nice Chinese families show me around the sights and together we managed the heat and explored the huge grounds of the Forbidden City and Temple of Heaven. Both areas are very vast and surrounded by gardens, filled with lots of temples and palaces and big tourist masses as well. Sometimes just crossing a street took half an hour and you were surrounded by people from all sides. I often felt like I was standing in the first row at a rock concert. Sorry for the picture overload, but it was so hard to choose!!








My favorite place was by far the Temple of Heaven. The buildings are so beautiful, well preserved and you can almost feel the aura of ancient history surrounding you. I was a bit of a tourist attraction myself at all those places mentioned above and especially at the Temple. People just stared at me because of my height, my light skin color and who knows what other reasons. Most of them just stared, but some actually took pictures without even asking, which made me a little uncomfortable. Some actually did ask, but if you give one the chance, all of them will want a picture. It was a little overwhelming at times, but often I managed to just blend it out.







One of the biggest highlights was of course seeing the Great Wall. The Chinese don’t actually see it as such an important sight. The old palaces in Beijing are much more important culturally, but still, they were happy to take me there in any case.






July 22, 2014

Black 'n' White - White 'n' Black


This is a flowy summer look right after my fancy. I really like my dotted pants and they work well with almost every color, but sometimes I prefer to just add some neutral pieces. This time the actual color splash are my beloved Aces of London clocs. I really fell in love with them two summers ago and hope to wear them a lot when I am coming back from China. How I miss the variety of my closet and especially my shoe cupboard right now. 



What I wore

Top & Necklace: H&M
Pants: C&A
Shoes: Aces of London




July 19, 2014

China Travel No.1 - Beijing and First thoughts

China is a huge country and when I heard of my work project, I was hoping to also get to see Beijing. It’s about 1300km north of Jiaxing, the place I am currently teaching at. I was lucky and had a few days in Beijing prior to the start of the project.



I stayed at the beautiful Kingrand hotel in the centre of Beijing and enjoyed my time there a lot. Of course, most of my time, I was a tourist and visited all of the interesting sights, but at night, I had this wonderful room to relax in.



During my first evening in the city, one of my students and her parents took me out for Beijing duck dinner! It was amazing! So delicious and they cut the meat directly at our table. A wonderful experience. Should you ever visit Beijing, you have to try it!


Later that night, we visited the Olympic park. Beijing hosted the summer olympics in 2008 and the park is one of the big attractions now in the city. It is best visited during the night as all the buildings are lit up with lights and the place is not so crowded anymore. Also for me, it was good to get used to the heat. Even during the night the temperatures barely dropped below 30 degrees. 







Finally, we visited the old town of Beijing. There is an area that is well known as the party area of Beijing. Several bars, caf├ęs and restaurants are located around small ponds. One can also just relax here, go on a boat ride and enjoy light breezes during the night.



This is one of the oldest restaurants/buildings in the city! 


I hope you liked this first tour around Beijing. I am also planning to show you some other places that I am currently visiting in the upcoming posts.

July 17, 2014

Cherry Blossoms and Sushi night


This is another look that might make it into my suitcase. The leggins are amazing, soft and stretchy and I am planning to wear them during the flight. They might be too warm for the Chinese weather, but will keep me warm during my travels. The black dress is great for a relaxed day. I really like how it flows. It also easily hides a sushi belly!


What I wore

Cardigan: Ernsting's Family
Scarf: Pieces
Dress & NecklaceH&M 
Leggins: Long Tall Sally
Shoes & Bag: Deichmann
Watch: Skagen



My sushi dinner and all for me. Mr.B doesn't like fish and I can always eat it all by myself. Currently I get my fare share of rice, but sushi will forever be my favourite.
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