I just want to share how beautiful Venice in winter with a bit of snow. This city is surprising every time, I can’t hate it and either love it! I can only say that this is an unique experience and it is precious!
I don’t remember a time in my life when I really had many spare time to use for my hobbies and artworks and wrotes…
One of my dream of teenage was to become a writer or journalist, I did some journalism when I was at the University, but nothing smoothly continued, it was too hard for me to survive with articles.
One of thing I never thought I could do was “travelling a lot”, I was a little chinese girl with a document that permits more or less 50 free-visa countries in areas of the World that are siriously interesting, but so unsafe! I’ve never thought I could one day, change my passport and start a life (work and leisure) of travelling so intensively.
My first job was in Shanghai and then I’ve been promoted and then my work/travelling life started with no intention to stop. Even during my days off I can’t really stay in the earth, but I’m always on a plane or in a hotel or taking a train to somewhere… or diving in some amazing ocean…
This is the modernity? Maybe, all I know is that it is already normality for me.
I realized how much I travel, when last month I applied for a multi-entry visa for China and the Visa Center asked me to fill a paper with all the Countries and how many days I stayed in last 2 years… I started to clean my mind trying to remember all my travels, I was counting on my hands the name of the places and how many time I’ve been there… I realized I needed to write down looking at my phone agenda, in 2015 I’ve been twice in London and twice in Paris every month, I’ve been travelling non stop during summer in Asia Pacific, I’ve been in China and Japan and HK several time and NYC and many other European Countries…
I ended up filling 2 full pages… the Visa Center operator called me “飞人” is Chinese means “flying person”. Yeah I used to achieve 80+ flights per year and nowadays are much more better, I changed job last year and now luckly I travel 50% less than before…
So I can dedicate more time to my personal leisure travels, still continuosly in my life.
The first flight of 2017 was a direct flight to Warsaw and then in Krakow, it was an unexpected trip, but it was so nice! -18 degrees of temperature didn’t stop me to go around, visiting historical places and having great food and meeting amazing people.
Here below few pictures from my trip.
Yes Qi is Chilling!
Life is surprising all the time, we were thinking about to sell our family restaurant in Milan by end of 2016 and suddenly now we did it!
We opened it in 1999 and it is exactly 17 years from the first time we moved in this tiny little restaurant.
I was a teenager and I pro-actively supported my parents in opening it, we renewed it, we designed the style, we ordered the carpet, we operationally did everything.
During these 17 years, my bother grown up, I finished my studies and moved out, I visited half of the World… but one my very proud thing was my restaurant, I was travelling around the World and still promoting my family business… the restaurant was my home, my living room where I can host my friends and visitors.
During these 17 years many things changed, but my restaurant was always there with my parents and my brother…
It is a strange feeling, suddenly you don’t have anymore your roots..
This is the last picture I took in the bar area of the restaurant.
The changes came so quickly as my parents were so tired to manage the operation of the restaurant and my brother needs to explore his own life.
My parents are retired in one evening, the change is difficult to digest for them, beeing super busy people and suddenly become super bored old people.
Many questions come in my mind, what should I do now for them?
The shock must be difficult, you have been busy entire life and now you have nothing to do… my Mum desparately asked me to do a baby for her to take care… my father is walking all the time around the house trying to find something to repair… they are all the time waiting to cook something to eat.
My brother will start a new job very soon and I’m currently living in Venice, we are basically both very independent.
I think this is a step in our life that we need to face, when the parents retire suddenly… of course we are not common chinese family, both myself and brother arr still single without kids and not sure we will ever have our own family, we are really unconventional, we like freedom and we like travel, we only want to have a lot of experiences in our life.
I hope my Mum and Dad can find their own way to fill their retirement.
Yeah a very important chapter closed in our life and now a new one opened! Ideas for future? >.<
Here I am! In Venice… People says My mobility is a quick concept, I can be anywhere in any moment. Yes that’s correct!
My last few years I changed 2 continents and 3 cities, because I feel as I’m following my heart. And so, here I am in this wonderful city, the opportunity came out suddenly at the end of last year, as I was struggling for a terrible workload in my previous Company and then the destiny decided for me to be approached by a Head Hunting company that offered me a new life in Venice. I’ve never thought I could move to Venice, it was my dream location for University but I could never did it because my family was in Milan and there were no enough money to support the University in a City like Venice the dream turistic location for everyone in the World.
Yes, it sounds strange, but every thing is coming up linked in many connection points, I realized that every thing in our life is possible if you just have the courage to think about it.
Be realistic and set standard, be courage and be positive! Yeah these are the few values in my professional life that really guided me.
I’ve be appointed Talent Acquisition Manager for a Asian based company that has the mother company in Europe and is starting up the first business in Europe and they choosed Venice. Sounds the perfect combination for me, Qiyan!
Whatelse? Nothing more! I’m in Venice already 1 months and something and I found easily a lovely apartment, the office building is amazing, the colleagues are lovely and I’m already involved in many activities.
Venice is magic, is amazing! The history, the culture, the art, the magic atmosphere, this is most amazing experience I could never imagine for myself.
I post some pictures just to share what I see by daily basis…
Venice is the perfect place for a quite and lovely life, in here you have inspiration for everything, you can catch the beauty of life by walking around the city in the little canals and be lost during the night.
The music of the night is composed by the lovely notes of the water and the weak and few lights permit us to see stars and big moon. The city is incredebly safe in any moment. No cars, no traffic, no stress, only a lot of inspiration and peaceful feeling.
I can’t ask for more at the moment!
Chinese historical poem, dedicated to a dead wife. It is full of deep emotional touching moments… Something that is difficult to find in this era. The sorrow for the loss of a lover is undescribeble and this poem is untranslateble…
People were asking where I’ve been this Summer and I replied “In Palau!”… 90% of my friends will say: “Oh in Sardegna? That’s beautiful place!”.
No not exactly, that is a great place! But not in Sardegna, which I believe is same amazing, but I’ve been in the middle of Pacific Ocean, in Republic of Palau an Independent Island, destination for divers and snocklers.
What’s special in Palau is diving, there are more that 150.000 species of fish, there are sharks living protected and pacefully, there are mantas, turtles, barrer of corals, holes and caverns! That is amazing place a paradise for divers.
I travelled 3 days to arrive in Koror, I did Milan-Beijing-Macau, spent one night and then Macau-Koror the Capital City of this little paradise of 2 million population.
Palau was under US until 1994 where became independent, so basically everything has US impronting, food, language, law, lifestyle… With our big surprises there were not any local folklers or if there are any we didn’t see.
The first day we arrived the driver addressed us in a chinese dumbling shop! Our five star hotel was run by a Taiwanese Chinese, huge quantity of chinese turist and chinese were running all the survenir stores.
I went there with my best diving friend Beilei and we were shocked.
We spent 4 full days on diving, we choosed Sam’s Tour, a five stars padi diving center that from the website seemed so cool, but actually was so so.
We did amazing shark diving and holes diving, espacially the Blue Holes were amazing!
We met few very cute chinese guys that were living temporary there doing experiences and living in a healthy enviroment.
The last day of our stay we decided to have a airplane experience so we rent a little plane and we had 40 minutes of amazing view for the islands! Palau is amazing from the sky!
We really reccomand to go there for a short trip, it wan’t cheep, but ok for what we experienced! We live only once, no?
Here below few pictures!