Making a life

I think I have written this before – that when we didn’t just want to live in China, but to make a life here.  And life just happens.  I haven’t written a blog post in a while because life was happening.  Business trips.  Cooking new recipes.  Watching tv.  Going to the gym.  Starting new volunteer work.  Continuing previous volunteer work.  Cats. Summer. And more.  You know how it goes.

Earlier this week, I shared a taxi with a teacher who was very happy to practice her English with me.  She also took the time to translate what the taxi driver said.  It seems he was very excited to have a foreigner in his taxi; he had never had one before.  Then to find out that I was an American and could understand a little bit… well, I think I made his day.  He asked (through the friendly translator) if I like taxis.  I told him that I do because I can watch life in China.  I like to watch people doing their own thing and remember what a small world it is.  I told him life in the US is different, but the same.  We are all just trying to make a life, hopefully.

So here are some more pictures of daily life in Shenyang.  These are from some of my July taxi travels around town.  These are just moments in my life.

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I started this blog in 2010 as we prepared to move to Shenyang China. Since coming back to the US in 2015, my writing has been less consistent. Trying to find a voice here...

3 thoughts on “Making a life”

  1. Thank you for sharing pictures of your daily life with us. You capture perfectly “it’s different, but the same.” It’s that way anywhere you go. I remember when I got back from Hungary people couldn’t believe that I thought people were the same. If they’d never lived life outside our country they had no idea that people had the same worries, fears and joys all over the world, despite their living circumstances.

  2. Thanks for the wonderful pics! I know this reply is delayed, i recently (ok, today) discovered your blog and I’ve been reading non-stop! One thing I have noticed in your pictures about street life or just day-to-day life is how clean the streets and sidewalks look? People always tell me how dirty China is (even though they have never been there) but judging from your pics it seems pretty clean to me! I am moving to Shenyang in November as an English teacher! I have also lived in the States (Atlanta), but originally from South Africa!

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