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So one week ago, I left Australia and flew 9000 km to Beijing, China which is where I will be living for the foreseeable future. I sold up everything I owned and have little more than a suitcase with some clothes, a backpack and a laptop. The feeling is both incredibly liberating and utterly terrifying.
This post, and the video above is about answering the #1 question that I’ve asked since I announced that I was moving to China, which is…
What on earth am I doing?
For quite a few years now, one of the things that I’ve wanted to experience in my life is to learn a second language, and learn it to a point where it is an asset, not just a novelty. It’s quite uncommon for people in Australia to be fluent in a language other than English, and I only know a couple of people that are genuinely bi or multi-lingual.
So I decided to pack my bags and immerse myself in China, because I think it will be a valuable life experience.
Why China? Why not Spain or Germany or Indonesia?
I think for better or worse, China is going to be THE country that shapes the next 50 years of human history. Rather than stick my head in the sand and pretend it isn’t happening, or worse still try and resist it, I’m here to learn everything I can about this country, its language and the culture as I’m sure that there will be great opportunities that will appear in the coming years and I want to be prepared.
One of these opportunities that I’m already investigating is the process of arranging manufacturing in China and how to setup a supply chain that enables single point global fulfilment.