About

Well, it’s been a journey. As my loyal following knows, I spent the 2010-2011 school year teaching English in a small village in the Republic of Georgia. My blog at that time was very creatively called “A Year in Georgia.” Please see that page for more information about that year.

In 2011 I followed the times and the opportunities to China–a place I never thought I would work, but am proud to say that I didn’t hesitate to take a chance on. China has been remarkably good to me. I’m going on three years in China. Even if I leave China in the future, I hope it will always be a part of my life.

From 2011 to 2013 I worked in south China, Guangdong province in Zhuahi–a lovely, small, lush city. I changed by blog’s name to “Normal” Life because I was working at a normal university which friends and family found very amusing indeed. It was a play on the university’s name and also my comment on expat life which can be both normal and very un-normal at the same time.

In summer 2013 I moved to central China to Shaanxi province, to the ancient city of Xi’an. Having survived my first year in Xi’an, I will be staying on through 2015.

I see my blog mostly as a place to practice writing, share experiences and occasionally to let my hair down a bit about life, work, living abroad, etc. I’m glad you stopped by, hope you enjoy what you read and hope you’ll be back soon!

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6 thoughts on “About

  1. Natalie Guardino says:

    Amy!!! How wonderful to know that you are… well. I so enjoyed all that you had to share! I read and hear your voice in my head. You are hilarious in your Amy kind of way. Again, I loved sharing your experience, if only by the written word, and anticipate more. I must say, I commend you for endeavoring out into foreign lands, facing oh so foreign foods, and experiencing the “mission field” experience. I have always thought, and continue to do so even more now, that you are a remarkable young woman. Be encouraged! I will keep you in my prayers and thoughts and I will most definitely enjoy your blog!
    Much Love~Natalie

  2. Ellie says:

    Hi,
    I found your blog while I was looking for information about teaching in Georgia and have found it really helpful. I’m going to start teaching next month and I was wondering if I could ask you a few questions? For example, what is the name of the wonderful hotel in Tbilisi that you found?!
    Best wishes,
    Ellie
    (from the UK)

    • Hi Ellie! Glad you’ve enjoyed my blog! Georgia is truly an amazing, challenging experience and I wish you all the best. Tell me where you get placed! Hopefully Imereti! As to the hotel, you can contact it through Trip Advisor. The name is SkadaVeli. It has a very special place in my heart! I hope you have a chance to stay there.

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