I made a New Year’s Resolution to blog more often. I took a little break because sharing all the details of our lives made me feel a bit self absorbed, like writing a Christmas newsletter every few weeks. People say they like blog posts and Christmas newsletters, but do they really? I suppose I’ll find out.
Here is a look back at 2014. It was a good year and we wish everyone a happy, healthy 2015!
The past year has been a whirlwind. Last year at this time, we could never have predicted how dramatically our lives would change. We received an amazing opportunity and everything fell into place to make it happen. As we adjust to life in Hong Kong, we’ve had to say goodbye to friends and family and we’ve met lots of new people. We are trying to soak up as much of the beauty and culture of this crazy place as we can in the time we have here.
We took a trip to Washington, D.C. Of all the places I have been, this was my first time touring the nation’s capital. It made me reflect on how our country began and all that we, as Americans, have to be thankful for.
Normal activities like proms and high school trips would soon be behind us. As we looked around us we had to ask ourselves if we had made the right decision agreeing to go to Hong Kong? I wrote a couple of posts about how much I love our little town. You can see them here and here.
Just weeks to go before the big move, we visited Newport and snuck in a few college tours. It was good to see this area of the country with such deep ties to our nation’s roots just before going abroad. I wrote about our trip and you can see the post here.
The adventure begins. Bags packed. Wheels up. We’re off to the opposite side of the world.
We had been here a short time when we got to see Chinese culture in action. First was the Mid-Autumn Festival which I wrote about here, a spectacular display that brings families together to celebrate. Then, Occupy Central began and it was fascinating to see how peaceful the protests were. Since it happened right outside our apartment, we also got to see the difference between what the world media reported and what was actually going on. Thousands of students sitting in the road is not nearly as newsworthy as tear gas. You can see the post here.
The protests continued and caught the attention of the world. There was a lot of art in conjunction with Occupy Central. You can see some of it and read more here.
Thanks for sticking it out to the end of this extremely long post. I hope you have enjoyed a look back at the past year. I have lots more to show you so I hope you will keep reading. Leave me a comment to let me know what you think and be sure to follow me on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. Here’s to a wonderful year!