Hong Kong

If Shanghai is the city that mixes New and Old (Bleeding edge modernity with ancient tradition and culture) then Hong Kong is a city that clashes its hyper urban development with towering mountains and nature. The breathtaking beauty of the mountains surrounding the Po Lin Monastery vs. the bustle and vibrancy of Kowloon’s nightlife. The modern office buildings of Central vs. the towering Victoria Peak right behind it. I saw Hong Kong as a mix of natural and human landscapes in jarring contrast to one another- in a way that made my short three day trip there unforgettable.

Update: Chilling

It’s been a few weeks since I last updated- I’m working on a post that’s taking far more research and work than I initially thought it would, so I’m delaying it. I’ve also been struggling with a lack of motivation to write, as no other topics seemed super exciting to me, but since it’s been a while since I last talked about how life in Shanghai was going for me, I feel like this would be the perfect time to give a short update.


The past couple of weeks have been pretty hectic, as I spent my time taking my TEFL certificate training with my company. For those who don’t know (I certainly didn’t until I arrived in Shanghai), TEFL stands for Teaching English as a Foreign Language, and taking the certification course means that I’ll be officially licensed as a ESL teacher. While usually a pretty costly course, EF (my company) covered it for me, for which I’m grateful. It’s a great opportunity to leave this journey with something tactile like a certification which might open doors for me in the future.