about me

me at age 10 ~ hoping to dig to china

I’m a dreamer, that is clear.  How does one become practical and logical and realistic?  I have never figured it out.  Honestly, I’m not even sure I care to.  I like to dream and dreaming has taken me on this journey I call my life.  I think I will keep on doing this until it no longer works.

I also love to read.  Reading gives me the subject matter for my dreams.  In the case of China, I cannot even remember what I read as a child, but surely it must have been something that set my imagination on fire.

My father was building a fence around our backyard, probably when I was about 9 or 10 years old.  He had this tool called a post-hole-digger.  It grabbed the earth out of the ground, kind of like a two-sided shovel, and made a hole for the fence posts.  I decided this tool would be useful for going to China.  I asked him if I could dig my way through the earth to this exotic & colorful land that I somehow held in my mind.

He laughed and said, sure, if you’d like to dig your way to China, feel free.  So I took that post-hole-digger and I started digging in the backyard.  In one afternoon, I may have dug about 2 feet.  That night I went to sleep and dreamed of what I’d find when I got to China.

The next day, I went back to work.  Within an hour or so, I hit water.  Water!  It gushed into my hole.  What was happening?  Did I hit the Pacific Ocean?  I showed my Dad and he said, oh, you must have hit the water table.  Huh?

I was never to get to China, of course.  It was a small girl’s dream of a big endeavor.  But when I lived in Korea, one of the advantages of living there is that I could travel to places in Asia.  China was right next door; it was no longer on the other side of the earth.

I ventured to China on September 21, 2010.  I went only for 5 days and I saw Beijing and The Great Wall.  China was not a repeat of Korea.  It was more exotic, more chaotic, more full of character.  It transported me to centuries past and to new experiences.  It knocked me off my feet, surprised me in ways I couldn’t even imagine.

Now, I’m going to live and work in China for a year.  I’ll be teaching English at a university in Nanning, Guangxi Province.  It’s a southwest province, bordering Vietnam, and not far from Guilin and Hong Kong.

I couldn’t dig to China all those years ago.  But I can & will fly there now, arriving on September 1, 2014.


20 thoughts on “about me

  1. Cathy, you have been very very quiet of late. Is everything okay?


    • Hi Carol, you’re so sweet to check up on me. After Christmas we had final exams, which kept me very busy, and then I was also busy planning my 6-week holiday. Mike came and traveled around China with me for two weeks, and currently Alex is here traveling with me in Yunnan province. On Sunday, Alex will return home and I’ll fly onward to Myanmar, where I’ll be until March 1. I don’t have to be at the university until March 6, so depending on how tired I am, I may take those last 5 days to explore Yunnan further. Once I get back to the university and back to my regular routine, I’ll start posting about my trip. I haven’t had time to read any blogs or write anything since early January. I hope all is well with you. I look forward to catching up!! Keep well, dear Carol. 😊


  2. Cathy, just catching up now, you’re in China? How fabulous, you go girl. xxx Ailsa


    • Hi Ailsa, sorry it took me so long to respond. I’ve been traveling around China and Myanmar for the last 6 weeks and have just returned home. I’ve been here since September and will return to the States in mid-July. 🙂


  3. Determination will out, then. You got to China. It is a great adventure you are having.


  4. I also tried to dig to China when I was a kid. Hahaha. Looks like you finally got there. Fantastic. 🙂

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    • Oh, I’m so happy to know I’m not the only one who believed I could dig to China when I was a young and naive kid, LaVagabonde! Thanks for dropping by!! 🙂


  5. Lemonpath

    I spent five days in Yangshuo last year and visited Huangyao Ancient Town. Loved the Karst Mountains, Then went to Yunnan Province, very different from Guangxi.


    • Oh dear, Lemonpath, I missed Huangyao Ancient Town. I tried to see so much in my year in China, but there was still much that I missed. I also went to Yunnan province with my son, who came to visit for two weeks. It is a lot different from Guangxi. I loved Yunnan’s beautiful weather! 🙂 Thanks for your visit and your comment! 🙂


  6. Hey Cat, are you still planning on taking a trip to the beach? If you do I’d still love to meet up and hear about your adventures and advice!


    • Hey there! I don’t have any plans to go to the beach at this point, and I’m getting ready to begin a CELTA course in D.C. in two weeks, so I won’t have time until after October 16. When will you be leaving? I’d be happy to talk with you by phone. Can you email me? 🙂


  7. Hi Cathy! What are you up to now? Are you back in the states or off to some new foreign land? I’ve had a crazy year–good but crazy– and am slowly catching up with everyone in the blogosphere. Hope all is well!


    • Hi there, Ruth! So nice to hear from you. 🙂 I’m back in Virginia now and just finished taking the CELTA course in Washington. Now I’m just getting ready to enjoy the holidays with my family. I returned home from my year in China in mid-July. I need to catch up with you too. Thanks for checking in with me, and hope to see you around more in the blogosphere! I’m glad to know you had a good but crazy year. Sounds fun! 🙂


  8. How amazing teaching in China for a year (apart from all the marking!)


  9. Hey Cathy! How are you? You are in China? How long have I been away?? Hahaha! I missed following your trips 🙂


    • Hi Ioanna, I’m no longer in China; I left there last July and am now back in the States, in Virginia. I’m feeling wanderlust, but am undergoing a big house renovation right now and can’t leave for a long while. I’m glad to hear you’re doing well. 🙂


  10. A little China girl 😉


    • Haha, yes Paula, I spent a year in China, from September 2014-July 2015. Now I’m back home in the USA. But… I’m itching to go abroad again; I’d love to go to Europe but it’s hard to get a teaching job without an EU passport. Oh well, I’ll keep dreaming. At least we had a fabulous trip to Iceland that we just returned home from on August 25. It was amazing. 🙂 I sure miss Portugal.

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  11. Hi Cathy, Thank you for following Jane’s Lens. I hope you enjoy my work. I am looking forward to reading more of your blog.

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