Double Happiness: Love on the Qinghai-Tibetan Plateau - Konchok and Kimberly | Speaking of China

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  1. Constance - Foreign Sanctuary
    Constance - Foreign Sanctuary June 6, 2014 at 9:46 am | | Reply

    It is always so nice to read and hear about stories of falling in love and this one in no exception. I love the fact that a locked door brought them together and the boot joke made me smile as my husband always jokes around with me like that too!!

  2. marghini
    marghini June 6, 2014 at 9:46 am | | Reply

    Hi Kimberly! You guys seems very happy together. May I ask you a question: do you guys plan to stay in Xining in the long run? Do you think you will never miss and want to spend some time back in the US? Just wondering!

    1. Kimberly
      Kimberly June 6, 2014 at 6:03 pm | | Reply

      Hi Marghini,

      I’ve been in Xining for four years now and so far I haven’t missed home much. Right now the hope is to stay here through our daughter’s primary school education (so that she can learn Tibetan and Chinese natively) and then go to America for her middle and/or high school education. The education system here leaves a lot to be desired and we don’t want to make our child go through it anymore than necessary.

      We may move out of the city at some point and live in one of the area county towns. Right now our life is at a turning point because my husband just lost his job. While that sucks, it does free us up to move anywhere else in the area that we might like (Xunhua is gorgeous for example) but it has to be a place where we can find jobs. We will figure it out! But no, there is no immediate plan to move to the US.

      1. R Zhao
        R Zhao June 7, 2014 at 8:20 pm | | Reply

        Hi Kimberly,
        It’s interesting to hear your reply as it’s something my husband and I have given a lot of thought to. My step-daughter is in grade 4 now and what you say is certainly true, the education system in China does leave much to be desired. It is quite stressful for kids (and parents!) and I don’t much care for the teaching methods. On the other hand, I’m glad she’ll be able to read and write Chinese. Anyways, we too are hoping to move back to the US before she starts middle school. Our son will be a toddler then, so his Chinese will probably never match his sister’s. Oh, well.

      2. marghini
        marghini June 8, 2014 at 12:32 am | | Reply

        Hi Kimberly,
        it sounds like you guys have a pretty solid plan about staying in China vs. moving back to the US. I think what you decided to do makes a lot of sense. The Chinese educational system is terrible in my opinion and most of the International School are just so expensive!

        As for being in a turning point, I am in a similar situation so I fully understand you! My boyfriend is about to quit his job and I just graduated from University, so we both need to look for a job somewhere in the world. On one hand it is great to have such a degree of freedom, on the other hand the options are so many that we feel a bit lost. Hopefully things will work out at the end!

        I wish to you and to your husband the best luck for these coming changes in your life!

  3. Charlotte
    Charlotte June 6, 2014 at 4:00 pm | | Reply

    What a neat story and life you’re living! My hubby was (and still is, to a point) concerned about America’s high divorce rate. A legit concern, especially in a culture where it’s largely taboo. But nearly sevcn years in, we’re going strong. All the best to you and your family!

  4. ordinary malaysian
    ordinary malaysian June 7, 2014 at 2:46 am | | Reply

    So, you didn’t lose the shoes and you got your man instead ! Happy for you two!

  5. Rdm
    Rdm June 7, 2014 at 8:35 am | | Reply

    Nice story and so adorable.

    So well, it’s better not to miss much back home in States. Rampage shooting in Santa Barbara killing six people, and then yesterday, shooting at Seattle, killing one and 2 injured.

    Going to cinema, a mentally deranged PhD white guy shooting as if he were a Joker in Dark Knight. It’s like America becomes occupied with shooting cities in recent years.

    The same goes for West in China as well. Well, at least you still can run if you see a man with a long knife.

  6. Sveta
    Sveta June 12, 2014 at 3:09 pm | | Reply

    A sweet story 🙂 Good luck!

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