I’m a traveler, and a mother; a librarian and a foreign daughter-in-law. I’m a woman from Michigan (USA), who has decided to experience life from the other side of the world, making my home in Xining City (西宁市), Qinghai Province (青海省) located in western China.
Xining isn’t the first place I’ve lived in China, but I find it to be the most interesting and culturally diverse. I first came to the Middle Kingdom in 2005 when I signed on to be an Oral English teacher at a college in Shijiazhuang City (石家庄) in Hebei Province (河北省) (say that three times fast!). The following year I took an editing job in capital city Beijing (北京).
Following my stint in the home of Peking Duck, I went back to the states to get my Master’s Degree in Library and Information Science. (That’s right, I am a certified librarian.) By then I was itching to get back to China and decided to make my home out west, where the air is cleaner, the food is heartier, and the people are diverse.
I used to joke with my parents before I left that I was going to find a nice man there and settle down. To my surprise and delight (and my mother’s disappointment) it really happened. K and I were married on July 28th 2012…
…and on August 2nd 2012. We had two weddings, one western style in the city and one Tibetan style in the village.
We’ve been happily married ever since, and last September we welcomed the third member of our little family.
This blog is to document, entertain, educate, and sometimes just to blow off some steam! I hope you enjoy it!