Another Year in Beijing

For a while we have been wondering whether we should stay in Beijing or move on. I finally made my decision, handed in my notice and was offered a job in Abu Dhabi – we were all set to leave in the summer.

But then we had a change of heart!

Paul always wanted to stay in Beijing longer, it was me who felt ready to leave, so when I brought up the idea of staying, he was up for the idea straight away. A few things have changed my mind recently.

  • In my first year of middle-leadership I felt a bit lost, with no guidance. This year we got a new senior leader who is great, gives us the opportunity to fly and I really think I could learn a lot from her. She will push me to be better!
  • My EYFS department is undergoing some very exciting changes next year, changes that I am planning. As I put the plans together, feeling so excited, I realised that I wasn’t going to see any of my plans in action, somebody else would and that broke my heart a little!
  • Bonus! This wasn’t high up on our radar but we get a bonus for every 2 years of our contract we complete and next year marks the end of my 2 year contract, and bonus year! Of course, walking away from a bonus for the sake of a year played a part, particularly because bonus year also means epic summer of travel year!
  • Beijing really isn’t that bad! Of course, there are frustrations, like there are in every country, but in general, I like Beijing! Any place is what you make of it! Living in Beijing for another year really wouldn’t be so terrible.
  • Moving back to the suburbs instead of the city would have made life so much easier, so we did! At the moment I feel that I spend my life travelling to work, working and sleeping, it’s not a great feeling. Moving back to be nearby work will make like in general so much easier.
  • We’re definitely not finished exploring Asia yet! I feel that if we leave Beijing now, I will feel unsatisfied with the travelling we have done and I don’t know if I’d make the trip to visit some of the countries around China, because, let’s face it, I’m obsessed with visiting the USA.

So, that’s it, we’ll be spending another year in Beijing, possibly longer, but for now who knows? I’m looking forward to what next year will bring! It’s strange how your heart can change in such a short space of time and I think next year in Beijing will be a good one for us!

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15 Comments

  1. April 12, 2017 / 12:46 pm

    Awww how nice that you guys will be staying on another year. I am yet to visit Beijing but I bet it has some lovely places to see and explore

  2. April 12, 2017 / 1:49 pm

    Enjoy your year! I hope you have fun exploring. I imagine there is lots to see. I look forward to hearing about your adventures.

  3. April 12, 2017 / 4:28 pm

    Follow your heart! I hope you enjoy your year. I would love to experience life in different countries.

  4. April 12, 2017 / 4:51 pm

    You are really lucky to have a job that allows you to travel and work in such beautiful countries. Will look forward to reading about your new adventures 🙂

  5. Neha Saini
    April 12, 2017 / 6:48 pm

    You are into a great job. Good luck for the year. Keep exploring.

  6. Tony (tonyandkimoutdooradventures)
    April 12, 2017 / 8:44 pm

    We work and travel when we can. We don’t travel then try and find work. I would wait for the bonus then move. good luck with your adventures in the future.

  7. April 13, 2017 / 2:33 am

    Sounds exciting! I want to visit China one day and so does my husband. I also hope to live aborad again in the near future.

  8. April 13, 2017 / 3:21 am

    Wow!!! another year?! That sounds awesome and it also sounds like you guys are having fun. Can’t wait to hear from your adventures.

  9. April 13, 2017 / 7:40 am

    That is great that you were able to have a change of heart and be able to come to a good decision together about things. I know when one person makes plans to move in a direction and they just kind of let everything move them in that direction that its hard for them to change plans. But you sound like you have it all worked out well.

  10. April 13, 2017 / 2:43 pm

    Have fun in Bejing! I always thought it was so interesting they served corn at McDonald’s and vegetable ice-cream. Different for sure! Life experiences are the best!

  11. April 13, 2017 / 5:43 pm

    A very good idea to do the best you can with what you have .You did describe Beinjing very nicely in all your posts.enjoy the bonus year!

  12. April 14, 2017 / 3:29 am

    This sounds like a neat adventure. I’m glad that you and him are in agreement. I’m glad to hear that you’re making the most of every moment your there.

    • May 11, 2017 / 5:02 am

      Haha, slik diskusjon om hvilken side av tre og alt annet tror jeg er noksÃ¥ vanlig, og hunder har en tendens til Ã¥ velge &#2l20;fei2⁙ side.Vi har nok ikke mørketid, slik sett. Er bare det at solen er borte… Men er utrolig hva en blir vant til, greit Ã¥ ikke se alt støvet og skitne vinduer ogsÃ¥ 😉

  13. April 14, 2017 / 2:03 pm

    Wow, that’s great dear. Hope the best for your have fun and BTW don’t forget to share your experiences with us 😀

  14. April 14, 2017 / 7:04 pm

    Good for you that you get to stay at least another year! Its always had to pack up and leave a place, there’s always soemthing more you want to do there. Good luck!

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