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ABOUT MIRIAM

I’m Miriam, a Swedish woman in my late twenties living with my Chinese husband and his family in Qinghai, China.

I first came to China in 2015, with the intention of studying at Fudan University for an exchange semester. However, when it was almost time to go back, I felt like my journey had only just started. I followed my gut feeling, and extended my exchange to yet another semester, and when I still didn’t feel finished I extended a second time… After 1,5 years in Shanghai, I went back to Sweden to finish my degree at Lund University and returned to China the spring of 2017.

During my second semester in Shanghai, in 2015, I fell in love. Although we were both burning up on the inside, our relationship was moving slowly – the reason being cultural differences and the fact that he could only speak Chinese, while I couldn’t. However, the more we learned how to communicate, the more serious the relationship become. My second move to China was to move in with him (and his family!) in rural Qinghai. That happened in February 2017, and I am loving it so far. We got engaged in June 2017, and married in July 2017 at a local government building in Xining, just the two of us.

So, I am now living in a small village outside Xining, with my Chinese husband and family-in-law. I spend my days like I expect most expats do: experiencing and observing Chinese culture, reading about China, studying Mandarin Chinese, traveling in China, and simply discovering myself. Through my parents-in-law, I’m learning how to cook Chinese vegetarian food and also slowly how to care for our garden and our fields.

The Purpose of this Website

  • Being in a new country and adapting to a new way of life is not always easy, but quite exciting. I hope that writing about my experiences and thoughts can both help myself process and make sense of it all, and perhaps also offer new perspectives or thoughts for my readers.
  • I have a section dedicated to travel, where I will share travel stories to inspire, and travel tips for helping out.

I am zooming in on the little things in my experience here. The individuals rather than the groups; everyday habits, rather than the culture in general; and one little aspect at a time rather than a brief of it all. I tend have a rather positive outlook, and pay special attention to the social and environmental sustainability of things.

 

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ABOUT MIRIAM

I’m Miriam, a Swedish woman in my late twenties living with my Chinese husband and his family in Qinghai, China.

shanghai

I first came to China in 2015, with the intention of studying at Fudan University for an exchange semester. However, when it was almost time to go back, I felt like my journey had only just started. I followed my gut feeling, and extended my exchange to yet another semester, and when I still didn’t feel finished I extended a second time… After 1,5 years in Shanghai, I went back to Sweden to finish my degree at Lund University and returned to China the spring of 2017.

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During my second semester in Shanghai, in 2015, I fell in love. Although we were both burning up on the inside, our relationship was moving slowly – the reason being cultural differences and the fact that he could only speak Chinese, while I couldn’t. However, the more we learned how to communicate, the more serious the relationship become. My second move to China was to move in with him (and his family!) in rural Qinghai. That happened in February 2017, and I am loving it so far. We got engaged in June 2017, and married in July 2017 at a local government building in Xining, just the two of us.

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So, I am now living in a small village outside Xining, with my Chinese husband and family-in-law. I spend my days like I expect most expats do: experiencing and observing Chinese culture, reading about China, studying Mandarin Chinese, traveling in China, and simply discovering myself. Through my parents-in-law, I’m learning how to cook Chinese vegetarian food and also slowly how to care for our garden and our fields.

Two Hands Holding Raw Honey

 

The Purpose of this Website

  • Being in a new country and adapting to a new way of life is not always easy, but quite exciting. I hope that writing about my experiences and thoughts can both help myself process and make sense of it all, and perhaps also offer new perspectives or thoughts for my readers.
  • I have a section dedicated to travel, where I will share travel stories to inspire, and travel tips for helping out.
  • Since I am also learning a lot through books, I will give advice on easy books in simplified Chinese that another person with a Chinese level of HSK3/HSK4  could also enjoy. I will also share books from which I found value (both fiction and non-fiction), in both English and Swedish.

I am zooming in on the little things in my experience here. The individuals rather than the groups; everyday habits, rather than the culture in general; and one little aspect at a time rather than a brief of it all. I tend have a rather positive outlook, and pay special attention to the social and environmental sustainability of things.

 

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