A Grim History of Biological Warfare: Unit 731

The North East has a very rich history, it seems to surprise me every time. It’s not all lavender fields and immaculate ice sculptures; it’s deep, gruesome history. The World War II era seems to have been a time when humans were trying to see how far they can go, how far they could hurt […]

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Introducing a Little Bit of DongBei

DongBei. The North East! There are stages you go through when you live in Harbin. At first, when you arrive, you are almost certain that you cannot and will not survive here. It’s rough, raw, the language is just nothing like the podcasts you’ve been listening to on your flight, and well…the extremities! The summer […]

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The Universe Sings

Today is the 1st of February! I have been planning this day for months now. After heaps of research, I have finally decided to start blogging again. I have been learning the mandatory art of time management, balance, self-love and journaling! It’s crazy that as one heads towards the late-twenties, you start freaking out! You […]

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One Night in Shenyang

Unless you’re working for a Chinese public school or a kindergarten, Language Centre ESL teachers in China do not have the weekend off. Instead, you have two split days during the week – I have Monday and Thursdays off. When we have a holiday or two consecutive days off, I take full advantage of this! […]

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Swan Lake at the Harbin Opera House

The winters are long and brutal up north so you do end up hibernating, involuntarily. However, you can find that there is loads to do besides bar hopping and drinking warm Harbin beer. I stumbled on a leaflet: Swan Lake (Russian Kremlin Theatre) was coming to town! I had never been to a ballet before […]

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Tianjin: Great Wall of China

One should always travel to the cities that are not particularly popular; I have always believed that you might find hidden treasures that way. I was excited for a number of reasons. Firstly, I was taking the slow train (the oriental express as I would call it for the rest of the trip) and secondly, […]

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Life Below Zero: Snowboarding

I now have a reason to love the harsh northern winter! There are a few things you can enjoy when you are approximately 2300 km from the Arctic Circle…in the middle of winter. I seem to love early morning adventures; waking up at 05:15 am to catch the bus to the mountains is a breeze. […]

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Life Below Zero:Winter is Coming

Winter has come. But, it’s about to get worse. I honestly didn’t know that I could live in sub-zero temperatures; this is an alien concept for a Durbanite. I have, many a times, considered getting a bobsled just because it seems fitting. I now know what it feels like to crave warmth. I want to […]

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An Outing: Harbin Opera House

A friend invited me out to see the grand Opera House. I absolutely love design and architecture that I had heard of the Harbin Opera House before I even had the opportunity to leave South Africa. Well, we both had the day off, it was a beautiful sunny day albeit the 2 degrees celsius! I […]

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Fast Track to Beijing

A couple of weeks ago, I enjoyed a weekend in Beijing. This was not much an exploration trip but a reunion trek. I hadn’t seen one of my good friends that brought sunshine to my university life in four years. So, you can imagine we had heaps of catching up to get through so I […]

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