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5 Myths About Traveling In China

As a seasoned debate nerd, I dedicated a decade of my life (11-21) to telling people, “Stop talking. You’re wrong. Here’s why.”  Especially when it comes to China.  China terrifying for some people.  As a rising super power, people will find any reason to cast it in a negative light or spread information that isn’t accurate. But I’m on the ground.  I can immerse myself in the culture, observe the movement…

Wander Over To The Opposite House

I’ve had my fair share of hotel horror stories.  Probably my best one was when someone started a small fire in the room opposite mine… at 3am.  But that’s a story for another time.  Recently, I was asked to stay with the Opposite House in Beijing and within seconds, my mind immediately flew into the clouds about what it would be like to meet David Beckham; a frequenter of the Opposite…

Shenzhen Sparknotes

Recently I went to Shenzhen to check out the local scene, catch up with peeps, and most importantly, escape Beijing for a few days.  Something that I was REALLY interested in doing was attempting an international bar crawl; attempting being the key word. I have a few people China-side who frequently rage in Shenzhen for a few hours and then CROSS INTERNATIONAL BOARDERS to continue the party in…

Wander Onwards Teams Up With The Migrant Children’s Foundation

Last weekend, the Migrant Children’s Foundation and Boston College Alumni Association in Beijing teamed up to bring Easter and Physics (go-figure) to a school just outside of Beijing.  This was the first time I had ever worked with the MCF so I wasn’t really sure what to expect; but as usual, I made friends quickly and followed the group onto some random bus going to who-knows-where.  Typical Vanessa.…

15 Problems People Who Live Abroad Have

When Life hands you lemons… throw that shit out and poor yourself a scotch neat.  You are not a freshman sorority girl. Drink your problems away like an adult… 1. You have too many language-specific names to keep up with.  Vanessa? (English) Ru Yi? (Chinese) Farasha? (Arabic) 2. You know you should stop eating street food… but you can’t. I am 100% invincible… 70% of the time. 3.…