for quite a while. I will try my best to keep you in the loop for the future. Yes, I’m back in China, after four years away. And this time I’m putting some real effort into learning the language once and for all. I signed up for a nine month course at EF Beijing. It’s very intensive, and I’m learning a lot. In a few months I should be speaking and reading Mandarin like a pro. Well, maybe not like a local, but at least I will be able to communicate and continue learning without going to school every day.
So, I’ve been busy studying now for three months. And so far I’ve only been to Beijing (obviously) and Tianjin, which is a rather large city half an hour outside Beijing (on the fast train). I’ve also been to the great wall, north of Beijing (the photo). However, Christmas is fast approaching, and with that a three week vacation from school. My girlfriend and I are going to Shenzhen, Hong Kong, and Tokyo—in that order. Of course, I’ve been to Shenzhen before, but never to the other two cities.
And how about the book, some of you might ask. I’m happy to report that things are indeed in motion on that topic. I’ve got a new editor back home, and the novel is slated for a spring release. Schibsted Forlag put some good people on the task, so that the publishing process won’t be in conflict with my studies.
Other than that, it’s business as usual. I go to the gym, read books, watch movies, and I’ve rented a spacious and conveniently located apartment not too far away from the school, and also close to the Sanlitun shopping and bar area. Winter in Beijing is cold and dry, but no snow yet. Stay tuned for further updates, and don’t forget to look in on my Twitter and Instagram accounts. 😉