Summer 2019

I was quite surprised to end up travelling this summer. I got to visit Changzhou and Shanghai. It was stressful at times but nonetheless I was able to enjoy many things!

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The food was delicious…and cheap! My favourite food moments were just shabby street corner food stands. I see locals lining up, and I am all for it. I wait in line with all the aunties and uncles because they KNOW what is good.

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My grandma had a hip surgery. I was with her through the entire process. Healthcare in China and in Canada is quite difference. In my grandma’s case, the efficiency of hospitals in China was a huge advantage.

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Some more food. This is what you would typically see families eat at home! Some of my favourites were mock chicken tofu and marinated jellyfish salad. It’s hard to describe them in English with a more appetizing vocabulary but trust me, they are delicious!

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I had a short trip to Shanghai because your girl is a city gal. The city is just incredible and there is no better word to describe it other than it being a metropolis. My favourite spot in Shanghai is the Bund, especially at night. You can take a stroll along the water or maybe even take a boat down the river!

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My dad’s humble beginning. My grandpa lives on the outskirts of Shanghai. Their small town hasn’t changed one bit since I was born.

This summer was full of surprises. I didn’t plan to go to China much less return to Vancouver for the summer. What a turn of events. It all began when my grandma fell at the beginning of the summer, and everything following happened so quickly.  I cannot empathize more with families who are going through what we had to go through. There was constant distress and anxiety over the well-being of someone I love. It felt hopeless at times because I couldn’t help directly in her recovery. At times like this, my advice is to stay positive because exuding distress only makes the people we worry about more stressed. Stay strong for them. 💪

Until next time, enjoy what remains of this summer!

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Julie

Currently a undergrad student at Queen's University, from Vancouver, BC. I am an aspiring health care professional with a passion for art and design! I also love all things anatomy and life science related. Never a dull moment here, just here to spread good vibes.

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