Solo Roaming

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Welcome to China

How incredibly crazy is it that just after one flight out of any city, you can be anywhere in the world? Just last week I flew from Winnipeg to Vancouver and within 11 hours I was on the other side of the globe in Shanghai, China. I was somewhere over North Korea when I peered out of the aircraft window, pulled up the shutter and all I could see was pitch black sky carrying on and on. It was in that moment, thousands of feet off the ground when I realized, “Damn, this is actually happening and there is no turning around”. But then again, why would I ever want the plane to backtrack all the way home? Scratch that, I am home. I now live in China.


Winnipeg – Vancouver- Shanghai-Zhengzhou

I packed my life up into three suitcases and one backpack then jetted off to what feels like a completely different planet. This is my first time in Asia and it is a mind boggling experience to witness how the other half of the world lives. The air is different, the food is different, the toilets are different and of course, the language is one that will take some time to master. I am located in a city called Zhengzhou which is where I will be teaching until June 2017. Zhengzhou is a metropolis on the Yellow River and the capital of east-central China’s Henan province. It is a quick two hour flight from Shanghai, a bullet train away from Beijing and not to far from Hong Kong.  After being unexpectedly delayed in Shanghai for nearly 9 hours and stuck in the airport, I look forward to heading back to the city soon and exploring all that it has to offer. On top of it all, I am being sent to Hong Kong in October for three days and cannot wait to take advantage of this time to explore the hectic city.

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Zhengzhou, China


As a quick introduction to my first few days moving to Asia, I will quickly list my first impressions of China. Although New York is labelled “The city that never sleeps”, China is sure enough up there also. The constant honking of cars throughout all hours of the day and night do not stop, it is easy to find food at any given time and not just take away stops, I went for a massage at 11:30 PM with no reservation and the employees did not complain,  (these services are not open in Canada 24/7 and require at least a weeks booking notice), and “business days” for shipping do not exist. Everything from toasters, mattresses, microwaves, clothing, and food products can all be ordered online and arrive immediately. The people of China do not take a break and weekends are unheard of. It is definitely a change in lifestyle compared to the way North Americans live however I have only benefited from the differences. Only downside is that it has been hard to find my favored beauty products and toiletries such as tampons, my preferred brand of hair straighter, and a place that sells MAC make up. Keeping in mind, I am also in a non-tourist location where it is a bit more difficult to find Western imported brands. But this is what I wanted, to be away from my regular lifestyle and expand my knowledge on the world with a new challenge.

Hopefully I will be heading out to Beijing in the next few weeks, so that means… Great Wall of China adventure! Check back for more soon. xx


View from my 32nd floor apartment.



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A girl with restless feet who you will always find smiling, laughing or falling in love with something. A girl who is determined to see all parts of the world and always planning the next big adventure. Strong passion for writing and a mind always set in a dream world.

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I am a strong believer in karma, luck and timing but I also believe you are entirely responsible for how your life turns out. For the last 7 years I have been anxiously waiting to move abroad and start a whole new chapter in my life. A new home address, a new job, new relationships, a new city and new travels to look forward to. Now that graduation is quickly approaching I can’t wait for it all to unravel and become reality. I am entirely responsible for how I want my life to turn out and where I want it to go. So are you✨ #travelitaly #solofemaletravel #backpackerstory #roamtheplanet #femaletravel #procida #lovethisglobe #pinktrotters #mytinyatlas #letsgoeverywhere #sheisnotlost
It’s all messy. The bed, the hair, the words, the clothes, the heart and this life. 🌴 #mexico #cancun #islamujeres
Explain to someone how much you love them that they love you three times as much afterwards. Express to someone why you are angry and explain it so well that they themselves are angry about whatever it is with you. Tell someone how much you miss them that they cry about it. Let people know how you feel when you feel it because I promise it will be worth it 💙 #bellletstalk #procida #italy #solofemaletravel #passionpassport #lovethisglobe #roamtheplanet #backpackerstory #girlslovetravel #ladiesgoneglobal #takemebackpacking #tinyatlasquarterly #wearetravelgirls
Do you ever find yourself telling someone a story that happened to you and once it’s over think “Wow, what is my life?” Because same. 🙈 In other news, can’t believe it’s been two years since I was sitting on this boat in the sunshine over in Vietnam🌿 #vietnam #travelvietnam #solofemaletravel #southeastasia #passionpassport #backpackerstory #mekongdelta #roamtheplanet #lovethisglobe #takemebackpacking #letsgoeverywhere
Your partner doesn’t define what you do!!! Over the last few months I have heard countless break up stories and they all seem to have two things in common: 1) One person is ready to settle down and the other isn’t. 2) They all end their break up story with “Now I can travel.” I have to ask, why can’t you travel when you are in a relationship? Why do you have to wait until something bad happens? Your partner doesn’t have to come with you when you travel, leave them at home and go by yourself or with your friends if that’s what you want. You can even travel WITH your partner when you are together. Experience what YOU want to experience when you want to experience it. I’ve traveled in relationships, out of relationships, on my own, taken trips just because I want and I don’t let anyone tell me I can’t go because it’s MY life and I do what I want, when I want. If your partner can’t accept that, then I think we have found the problem ✌🏻 #femaletravel #solofemaletravel #mexcio #cancun #roamtheplanet #passionpassport #sheisnotlost #backpackerstory #mytinyatlas #letsgoeverywhere
“Home is everywhere and nowhere” - Home is more than just four walls and a place to rest your head to sleep. Home could also be your favourite spot on the beach that gets the best sunlight all day long. Home could be a place where you walk through the door of your local bar and the bartender already has your drink prepared. Home could also just simply be the idea that your favourite city of all time is a just a flight away and knowing it’s not going anywhere. Home will always be there when you’re ready for it ✨ #Paros #Greece #passionpassport #solofemaletravel #tinyatlasquarterly #sheisnotlost #roamtheplanet #pinktrotters

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