Travel: Xiamen, China Part 3 – Eat and Greet

Where to begin? I’ll be honest, I don’t know how to approach this. I have tried to come up with a compelling and visionary device that introduces the various meals as disparate strands of a story and ties them together at the end with some kind of masterstroke metaphor which amusingly sums up how tasty…

Travel: Xiamen, China, Part 2 – Did he really just do that?

There are few things that shock me in this world, and the ones that do are the ones you would expect: terrorism, racism, Ed Sheeran headlining Wembley. It’s a sad indictment of the world we live in that all of these are so commonplace now that they barely surprise us at all, although their effects are no…

Travel: Xiamen, China, Part 1: Arrival

​I’m sitting at Gate 29 of Hong Kong International Airport awaiting the call to board the delayed 17:50 to Xiamen. Ostensibly, officially, I’m here on work; three weeks of intensive one on one with a ten year old Chinese boy I’ve never met and know very little about save the brief profile sent to me by my…