6 tips for expats flat-hunting in China

I lucked out with my apartment. I didn't get much guidance and, at the time, I didn't understand the layout of the city. Where was the best area to live? What neighborhoods have a gym, a metro station, a bus, and a corner shop? It was stressful. Super stressful.

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the best cafes in Nanjing, China

Cafes often provide unique places to grab delicious food in a space I feel happy to curl up in. I have mentioned that, while not nearly as wonderful or as easy to find as the coffee culture that exists in Australia or New Zealand, there are cafes worth visiting in Nanjing.

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Year of the Dog: inside one of Seoul's infamous animal cafes

How fitting is it that on my first night back in Seoul, which was the first day of the new Lunar year, Kirst and I went to a dog cafe in Hongdae?! 

Answer: very fitting. Especially since this year is the year of the dog. The Earth dog, to be more specific. 

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Yongma Land: what to expect at Seoul's abandoned amusement park

If colourful backdrops, an endless supply of worn down props, and hoards of Korean models snapping pictures with plastic floral arrangements isn't appealing to you, then Yongma Land probably won't be high on your "to see in Seoul" list. 

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hotel highlight: Analog 76 in Gangneung, South Korea

Part of planning the perfect trip anywhere is finding the right place to stay. But finding the right place to stay during a massive event that draws in tourists from every corner of the globe that's in a prime location for an affordable price can be extremely tricky. Here's the low down on our stay at Analog 76. 

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the love my love of travel brought me

This year, I started writing and realized that, without meaning to, I was writing about platonic love. I felt really excited by that because platonic love seems unofficially deemed less important than romantic love. But I think both make life worth living. Both are significant and both can be life-changing. 

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where to eat in + around Wellington, New Zealand

I've spent a great deal of my time in New Zealand, and a good portion of that time has been spent in the "suburbs" of Wellington as much as the capital city itself. There's more to Lower Hutt, Upper Hutt, and Petone than just relatively cheaper rent {by Welly standards}-- there's a real food scene bubbling. 

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