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Challenged in China!

Ancient city wall sculptures Pingyao China.

Challenged in China, a short story collection.

In the summer of 2009 I called time on what had been a transformative four and a half years in Belgium. The economic crisis was in full swing, hitting my wife’s recruitment job hard. In truth, S and I had never really loved Brussels. Moreover, we’d not yet had the opportunity to travel together. 

Thus we hatched a plan to pick a country, get English teaching jobs and travel as much as we could in our off time.

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Challenged in China, a short story collection.

I honestly don’t recall how we ended up choosing China. What I do know is that I certainly underestimated the vast cultural differences and professional challenges that awaited us in Beijing.

I thought China would be a breeze. After all, I’d already backpacked around India and lived in far-flung locales like Qatarand Slovakia.

Kunming Lake The Summer Palace Beijing

Challenged in China, a short story collection.

My maiden China year turned out to be an incredible assault on the senses. I explored Beijing inside out and got to see a large chunk of the country with extended trips before and after our teaching contracts.

Jinshanling The Great Wall of China Hebei province

Challenged in China, a short story collection.

Looking back on that period over a decade later, I realise what an action-packed twelve months I had. In fact, it was a time bursting with monster cities, stunning landscapes, wondrous food and fascinating characters. 

Finally, after years of tinkering, I have finished writing a collection of short stories about my first year in China. 

Huangluo Yao long hair Village China.

Challenged in China, a short story collection.

For all the details of those long ago adventures, why not dive into my short story collection Challenged in China.

1. Noodles & Rice

2. Give Me Money!!!

3. The City and the Village Part I

4. The City and the Village Part II

5. Two Men and a Refrigerator

6. Take No Notice

7. Don’t Let Me Down

8. The Jellyfish Factor

9. Camp America

10. Enlightening!

11. The Good, the Bad and the Naughty

12. The Children and the Witch

13. Bad Moon Rising

14. Sub Zero Adventures

15. Goodness Gracious, Great Wall of China!

16. Jia Jia and the Warriors

17. The Long Hair Ladies of Yao

18. Yangshuo Master Chefs

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