If we were having coffee, I would tell you that I’ve just got back from China. As much as I couldn’t wait to escape Hangzhou’s humidity, I’m actually pretty sad to be back home. It ended too quickly and I want to be back already. China was absolutely amazing and I couldn’t have had a better five weeks!
If we were having coffee, I would tell you that being home now means coming back to reality. I have a to-do list longer than ever and it’s time to start facing it. Help me.
If we were having coffee, I would tell you that I have many, many blog posts half-written and drafted that were meant to go live whilst I was in China (sorry about that) and they will get posted. It’ll just take me a while. I hate seeing gaps on my editorial calendar but it’s okay… I’m working on it 😉
If we were having coffee, I would tell you that the hostess on my flight back very kindly upgraded me to Business Class. It was such a pleasant surprise and was much appreciated! The flight was 11.5 hours so having a flat bed to lie on after waking at at 5am was glorious.
If we were having coffee, I would tell you that I passed the Study China course with a Distinction! I achieved 91% in the oral exam which I’m pretty chuffed about. Though I definitely didn’t feel Advanced, I was in the ‘Advanced’ class and I was also the only person in the class who neither speaks Mandarin a home, nor does Chinese for their degree, so I was pretty proud of my score. I achieved what I had set out to achieve before the programme started.
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Hangzhou is quickly becoming my favourite city in China: not only does it have the nature and the views 🏞, but it also has the city 🏙 The West Lake is absolutely stunning 🌲🌸 P.s. I have my Mandarin exam tomorrow & I have no idea what I'm going to talk about 🤷🏻♀️ #ViolainChina #ShowHangzhou
If we were having coffee, I would tell you that it was really sad saying goodbye to everyone on the programme on Friday. We had our closing ceremony, complete with performances from each class, followed by a farewell banquet. People started trickling away while most of us headed to the nearby bar, Mojito. It was strange saying goodbye to everyone as we had all become so close in the short time we had spent together. Watch out for the vlog series to come.
If we were having coffee, I would tell you that I’ve hit 4,000 subscribers on YouTube which is insane! I can’t thank you all enough and I want to continue putting out content for you guys. Since second year at university is going to be far more intense, I need to be more organised both with blog posts and with YouTube videos. This means I’ll have to be filming/writing, editing and scheduling far in advance. Let me know if there’s anything you want me to write about or anything you want me to film.
If we were having coffee, I would tell you that I’m determined to get back into my fitness for real this time. Instead of losing weight in China, I actually *think* I’ve gained weight. I know that I didn’t hold back on the amount of food there was on offer, that’s for sure 😉
If we were having coffee, I would subtly remind you to vote for me in the #BloggersBlogAwards if you haven’t already. The site isn’t exactly the easiest to navigate but you vote right at the bottom! The link is here.
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Peace and love,