I meant to publish this post a couple weeks ago already, but I got swept away by the Chinese wave. So, sorry for the delay and here it is. ☺
Farewell at the Office
Friday, July 18, 2014 was my last day in the office. It was the official date of my 1-year anniversary in the blogosphere, and also the Nelson Mandela Day. I’m a true believer of these little signs of life. I packed my bagsss, went for farewell drinks with the colleagues and took the bus to the next party. There, three young Chinese girls were beside me, speaking in Chinese to each other. I smiled. I also smiled to the thought of me being able to understand them (hopefully soon). A couple days before, I had read an article about the Top 10 of the most difficult languages, and guest what? Yes, not a big surprise: Chinese was the great winner, at the top of this ranking.
For those of you who know me and/or follow my Facebook page Adaobi Savannah, a few hints were shared in the last couple months. My next professional adventure includes Chinese characters. Lots of Chinese characters. Yep! I am back to the student life. Kinda. As my full-time new job, I am now studying Chinese. Intensively. I’m very excited for this new challenge.
Before this new beginning, I was hoping to escapade to Haiti again for my summer vacations but I must confess I was a little bit worried of the mosquito. The villain mosquito. The one I even can’t/don’t want to pronounce the name. Tropical mosquitoes have a thing for me. And my previous travels to Africa prove it right. I am a Malaria survivor. (Yes, I still have lots of African adventures to share with you.)
So, here I am, on the dock at the family cottage. Listening to the water hitting the rocks. Relaxing. Taking some times off. Thinking. Lots of thinking. I guest this is what we call vacations. #cottaglife
I was gonna try to disconnect for a few days. But the birds surrounding the cottage make it sound like technology was all over the place. One was singing as if I was receiving a text message, the other one as if the phone was ringing. I guess I met the real Twitter bird, right? #cottagelife
Happy Birthday Adaobi Savannah! 1 year already!
Just a quick note on the 1-year of Adaobi Savannah. This is actually my first post in English on the travel blog. Even if I often tweet, instagram and publish posts on Facebook in la langue de Shakespeare. I guess the reason behind this is the fact that I was living my Haitian travels mostly in French, where as in Africa, it was mostly in English. And so it will be in China. But followers were warned in my first post – Even my daily life is not happening in just one language.
So. July 2013. I was finally launching my blog to share my passion for writing and traveling. Specially my African and Haitian adventures. I had this dream of writing for sooo many years but I must confess I was scared to do it. Don’t even ask why. Since I first went to Africa 8 years ago, I had this little voice telling me, urging me, to write.
By creating Adaobi Savannah to share my Coups de coeur of travel, music, food, books, and much more, I didn’t know what to expect. Being addicted to social media, I wanted to further connect with the virtual community sharing same interests.
I am really pleased with the virtual warm welcome that Adaobi Savannah received since its beginning last summer. Blogging is definitely a rich experience and I can’t wait to continue to Year 2, who would be without any doubt as exciting.
Zoom on Adaobi Savannah
Just a couple days after my return from my first trip to Haiti (August 2013), and having published only a few posts about my Haitian adventures, Adaobi Savannah was already attractive to Zoom sur Haiti, a website promoting tourism in Haiti and offering a wide range of packages and services to people wishing to discover la Perle des Antilles.
It was obvious that we were sharing the same vision for Haiti. Being a Fanatik Ayiti, I was very pleased to embark on this collaborative journey, which has been fruitful for almost a year now. It was so fun to blog with Zoom sur Haiti and share my passion for Haiti daily with the large community of ZOOMEUSES and ZOOMEURS over the last year, including some #2fillesauKanaval adventures.
Writing, sharing my traveler’s chronicles and Coups de cœur, and connecting with the virtual community highly contribute to my daily routine.
In the coming years leading to my move to China for work, I will also add some #expatlife content (articles, posts, links, etc.) to the Sections already part of the blog. I hope you guys will have fun reading this. Actually, I already started with some #chinoiseries! 😉
Thank you so much to each of you following my adventures through Adaobi Savannah, whether via Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest or directly on the blog!
Looking forward to continuing our exchanges on some Coups de coeur chouchous that we share at different level! ☺
To come: more of Haiti of course, Africa, and China! 😉 Stay tuned!