The Prequel

Girl Gone China

Girl Gone China

I’m a 20-something woman, born and raised in Northern Michigan (my heart, my home), who graduated in 2009 from the University of Michigan and has very little traveling under her belt. I’ve walked through Chicago and Philadelphia, I’ve poked around Washington, D.C. pretty extensively, I’ve stayed a single night in a Baltimore hostel, and spent a weekend in Stratford, Ontario, Canada to see a performance of Shakespeare’s The Tempest. I’ve been to the Gulf of Mexico on one side of Florida, and the Atlantic on the other. I’ve spent six weeks in Raymond, Maine, visiting Acadia National Park and climbing Mt. Washington and Chocorua in the process.

I have never left North America. I have certainly never been to China. But on August 2, 2010, after a fourteen hour flight and six hours of layovers, that’s going to change!

And I’m going to tell you all about it.

6 responses to “The Prequel

  1. Your Dad and I are eagerly awaiting to hear about your flight over and your first impression of China! Hope you have gotten some sleep. Love you so very much. Love Mom and Dad

  2. Hi Marie, hope all is well. Sounds like you have a very loving and supporting family! My name is Nick, I graduated from the University of Oregon in 2009, and I am currently exchanging emails with Mr. Tsao of NTK Academic group near Causeway Bay. I am hoping to possibly follow in your footsteps and come teach in Hong Kong, China, and it’s really neat to read your blog! I was hoping that, only if you have time, you could answer some questions that may arise. I hope you’re having a great time, and I look forward to hearing from you.
    Best regards,

  3. Hi!

    I’ve enjoyed reading your blog. I’m applying to be a teacher with NTK as well and I was wondering if I could pick your brain about your experience and living in Hong Kong. I’m also American, a Brown University graduate with a year’s EFL experience in Chile and teaching experience in the US.

    Did you find integrating into the community and finding friends difficult? Is there a lively young professional scene?


    • Hey there! Good luck with the application process. You sound like a shoo-in. Hong Kong is chock-full of young professionals and I made friends at work quickly. If you love cities, you’ll love HK – tons of night life and shops and restaurants, and crowded but efficient public transport, as well as hiking and beaches. Breaking into a social circle outside of work was a little more difficult, but basically saying “yes” to any proposed activity will get you out there. 🙂 Most of NTK’s faculty is younger as well. You’ll teach a LOT and education in HK is no joke – parents want proof from the exam grades that their kids are learning. Your experience sounds perfect for what they’re looking for though, so best of luck!

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