Glimpses Of A Pampered Life

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beer-battered wings beijing girls night
Beer-battered wings dinner on a random Tuesday night. Girls only.

In light of last Friday’s International Women’s Day (for which you get half a day off in China!), I wanted to write a short tribute to my girls in Beijing. A lot of expats I know here came to study, went home, and then came back to work. In their time here, they mostly hung out with other expats, and when they weren’t in class, they were partying it up in the Wudaokou or Sanlitun areas. My experience was a bit different. When I first came, I came to do two 6-month hotel internships. My friends were my co-workers, all of whom were Chinese. From my first hotel, I gained a close group of local girl friends, two of whom I’m still close to and hang out with once every week or two weeks (we’re planning a trip soon to the nearby hot springs to celebrate our four years of friendship!). Though I’m grateful for my friendship with them, I’m also glad to have found expat girl friends who understand the things I go through living abroad.

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Massages: The Affordable Luxury

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China’s an interesting place. While phone and computer accessories are definitely cheaper here, things like cosmetics, all Apple products, and certain foods should be left to be purchased back in the States. However, one affordable luxury that I was ecstatic to find in Beijing was: MASSAGES!! In my two years here, I have frequented many different massage parlors (as far as I know, not “those” kinds of massage parlors. Then again, who knows what goes on in those private rooms…). Anyway, I’m kind of an expert in massages. Well, not as much as one friend, who will not be named, but goes probably 2-3 times a week more than I do.

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