I've been meaning to write a post about Beijing since the day I created this blog. I mean, it's only fitting as it is where I live and have spent some of the most defining moments of my life. But I found it quite hard to start writing it, I mean there's just so many ways to go. Do I write about my experiences and memories? The people? A guide? Do I talk about the climate and pollution, the food, the culture, the expats, and how do I best approach it? It's a tough ordeal trying to define Beijing.

Because Beijing is truly special, and I consider myself a fairly well traveled person but no place comes close to the city I've been calling home for the past four years. In an area that contains around 25 million people, which is constantly expanding and changing, it's hard to really find a common pulse. Something that is a given and a constant and that I can truly label "Beijing". On the one hand there is the amazing architecture, both new and old, which continuously baffles someone who is from a city with almost no building taller than 6 floors. Then there is the food, which can come from all parts of China and be so incredibly different due to the sheer magnitude of this country. And of course, there is the people who range from your best friend whilst selling you some jianbing or the rudest person you have ever met whilst cuing in the line for the public bathroom.

There is a sense of need for conservatism in the country, which has clashed with the newly born need for freedom and exploration. You have the businessmen and women walking around in their suits constantly with their phones in hand but also the artists with their cameras close by ready to take a shot of whatever event is going on at the moment (and there is always something going on in this city). And somehow they work in perfect harmony.

I think what's most important to mention is the opportunity. You can go out for a coffee and go home with three new job offers and a lot of new friends. Each weekend feels like a mixture of a party and a business meeting wrapped into one. And that's coming from a 17 year old.

This post has no real direction or intention, but I just wanted to mention some of the things that are nice to think about when considering Beijing. Of course there is so much more to consider than what I've written above, but one thing can be said for sure about Beijing - it's just as hot and cold and upside down as what I've just written and that is why you either fall in love or run for the hills.

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Hello lovelies

For some reason I only had this picture to show from my Saturday trip to 798?! For you who don't know, 798 is the most popular art district here in Beijing. It was incredibly warm, and for someone who was slightly hungover from Friday night it was not the best of times. Marie and I were doing our best to stay up, whilst showing my cousin around.

I also accidentally walked into an art exhibition which featured some of my friends' art!! Again, in my state I only took a photo of one of them but oh well

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It's Tuesday, and all I want is spring break to come back.

Honestly, I've been feeling so tired and rugged and overall like I'm about to get sick. Not that fun. Oh and also, it's spring time in Beijing - which means that there is an INSANE amount of pollen in the air. You don't even have to be allergic, you'll be choking on the major clumps of pollen that is almost like snow (but worse) in the air.

On to something more fun - my spring break! Greta flew over from Hong Kong, which was really nice as we finally had more time than just a weekend to spend together. We went to the pearl market, spent too much time in Sanlitun, grabbed drinks at Hidden House, played with Marie's dog, and slept way too much for most people's liking. I didn't get much me time after Greta left either, as both Sophie and Lily came back from uni to visit. So, I've been trying to see as many people as much as I could without completely falling of the schoolwork bandwagon - a bit of a hustle. Anyways, now I'm back to being confined at school for most parts of my weekdays, and they haven't exactly eased us back into the work. It feels more like being torpedoed into oblivion.

Today is actually quite a nice day. The sun is shining and it seems as though we're finally leaving the cold behind us and fully embarking onto spring! Today's plan is to meet up with Sophie after school and see if we can book Mr. X (a type of escape game, where your group is put into a themed room and given an hour to escape), as well as to see if they've opened up any new rooms since we've both done quite a few already.

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This weekend has been more relaxing than usual! The sun even decided to peek out and we're finally getting some nice spring-type blue skies here.

On Friday I met up with Mimi, before she headed off to Tianjin for a getaway trip from Beijing (those seem pretty popular these days) but we had a nice catching up! She's having an art exhibition on Tuesday that I'm very excited about seeing so expect photos from that.

Yesterday I saw Marie for, what should have been, a casual Thai dinner. Of course the night didn't end up stopping there as we moved on to meet Javier and Erik at La Social after finishing our pad thai and yellow curry. The music there is amazing, the food is yummy and the vibe was positive. Only downside is that it was packed and we could barely hear each other around our little table corner, with a view of baby Jesus painted on the wall. So, we moved on to Migas for some drinks. Again, we thought the night was going to end there as they had a puppy to get back to and I was overall tired, but once more we moved on to Salsa Caribe (a Latin club) for some fun music before finally deciding it was time to go.

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It might as well be the middle of winter here in Beijing, all I see is pollution and rain. Depressing.

Much less depressing, however, was my weekend in Hong Kong! It was kicked off with me being super independent and what not, taking the train to Central where Greta was waiting. The first night was quite chill, we were catching up and went to Stanley (I'll refrain from going into that experience in depth) but I had a good time.

.Saturday we spent the day walking around in the city, just checking out a bunch of different stores and grabbed some sushi, before we had a crazy ordeal with a piercer (Greta was covered in blood...). In the evening Greta's friends came over and we had a nice time at hers before heading out. Hong Kong night life is intense, and somewhat frustrating - and that's where I'll leave that.

Sunday was kept chill and casual, and we grabbed lunch by the beach (salmon tar tar that will change your life) before I headed back to the airport. I won't get into the shitstorm that was my experience with Air China (as per usual), because it definitely didn't overshadow the amazing time I had in Hong Kong!

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Can the weekend come already?! This week has felt like an eternity with schoolwork, tutoring, and trying to figure out my summer arrangements. I've been desperately trying to figure out where I'm going to work over the summer, and it's been a hair pulling ordeal thus far...

BUT! This weekend will be full of fun things as I'm headed for Hong Kong on Friday! Today is Greta's birthday, so about two weeks ago I booked (pretty spontaneously) a ticket for HK so we can hang out for her birthday weekend. It couldn't have come at a better time, because I'm in need of some sunshine and relaxation.


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Yeah, I know...

I've been gone for a hot minute now (blame it on an overload of schoolwork and a need for naps) but we're back on track!!! So what's been going on? Not much to be fair, I've just tried to keep my head above water lately as tests, homework, and attempts of a social life has been taking up most of my time.

Austria was amazing, by the way! We planned the trip for my dad's birthday, and secretly invited a lot of his close friends and family. The mood was always on top and I think I drank about 100 glasses off gluhwein during our time there (I'm not even the slightest bit apologetic)

More importantly, however, was my weeklong trip to Barcelona! I haven't had that great of a time, or fallen in love with a place as much, in a very long time. The trip started off with me getting picked up by Ona and some of her friends from the airport, before heading off for dinner (ironically at a Chinese restaurant). As soon as I woke up on the second day Ona's sister Nina took a pen in hand and planned out the rest of my stay. I can say that each day was filled with excitement - we went to see Gaudi's buildings, had coffee and rose on rooftops, visited Picasso's museum, walked for hours and hours, danced in Razzmatazz, and had lots and lots of amazing food. Barcelona is honestly one of the top three places where I would consider moving in the future. The people were amazing, the vibe was positive, the city is absolutely beautiful, and the cuisine is one for the books.

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I'm a sad excuse for a blogger, sorry about that! :)

Last time I checked in here, I was on my way to Vietnam (pictures are on their way!), however some time has passed and I'm now coming to you live from Barcelona El Prat airport. I've been here for a week now visiting my friend Ona who's currently studying in Barcelona (again, photos are on their way) but now I'm off to Stockholm for a day, where I'll meet up with my family before we head to Austria for a week of snow! It also just so happens to be my dad's birthday, which we will celebrate thoroughly (with a couple of surprises for him).

To round off this check-in-esque blog post I wanted to acknowledge a shoutout that my friend Lovisa gave me a while back on her blog, which you should definitely check out HERE (she's much better at all of this than I am)

Adiós




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I've just returned from lunch with Hayley, it ended up being salads and an avocado overdose at Moka Bros. Even though I'm really excited about going to Vietnam, I'm awfully sad to say bye to Hayley. However, I will hopefully see her in April and definitely this summer! Last night we went for drinks at Migas with Marie and Javier, and ended up clonked down on Hayley's bed watching Dazed and Confused. Those hang out moments are ones I'm going to miss.

See you guys in Vietnam!

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