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Before starting my PhD research in the Netherlands, I traveled and lived in different countries and cultures. Apart from my home country China (Wuhan and Chengdu), I also lived in Sweden (Lund), Argentina (Buenos Aires) and the UK (Colchester).
I have worked in a Chinese NGO for three years to conduct field interviews with rural families. I visited hundreds of families in Sichuan, Yunnan, Guizhou, Shanxi, Gansu and Ningxia provinces. It was such an incredible experience that I learnt about life more than I could imagine.
During those years, I wanted to experiment to live a free life so I tried to travel by hitchhiking and couchsurfing – it worked for me. Apart from speaking English and Chinese, I used to speak Spanish and now I am learning Dutch. Nowadays I spend most of my spare time in my volkstuin (allotment garden).