Driver Don Dong- Qingdao, China


I refer to Driver Don frequently in my posts as he drives so many expats around.  He’s reliable, his English is excellent and he now gives tours around the Qingdao area for a  reasonable price.  I also appreciate that he has been a loyal committee member of the Qingdao Expat Charity for several years now.

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Handmade Crafts- Qingdao, China

It was another birthday but given this week’s events, I wasn’t in a celebratory mood.  In fact, all I really wanted to do was crawl in bed, binge watch Better Things (love this show!) and eat chocolate.  But we needed to do something and getting out of the city was the next best thing.

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My Country? US Election Far From Home, Qingdao Expat China

I typically make this blog about discoveries I find in Qingdao or about life as an expat in China.  I try to avoid anything too personal and stick with more of the general ups and downs on life as an expat, as a mother, and as a wife, so others can laugh (or cry) at my stories, mistakes, misunderstandings,  and all those little triumphs in between.

Qingdao skyline
Qingdao skyline

But today, I can’t avoid talking about “it”.  It’s November 9, 2016, and today was my country’s election.  It’s weird to say “my country”  because I haven’t lived in the US in over 7 years for hubby’s work.  Living in China for this long, you just learn to get by, go with the flow and appreciate the good and try to ignore the bad.  But there has always been that silver lining…someday we would leave and go back.  Back to the familiar, back to loved ones, back to my Cracker Barrel, Hot Dog Heaven and Trader Joes – everything we consider home.  It has always been that light at the end of this long and windy tunnel of living on the other side of the world.  Life in China, away from friends and family, has been longer than expected but always temporary.  We’ll go home… one day. Continue reading “My Country? US Election Far From Home, Qingdao Expat China”