Breathing Better

As you know the air quality in China is not that great and in Shenyang where we live it gets pretty bad some days. I have an AQI app on my phone that will tell me what the air quality is at all times. An air quality index (AQI) is a number used by the government to communicate to the public how polluted the air is currently or how polluted it is forecast to become. As the AQI increases, an increasingly large percentage of the population is likely to experience increasingly severe adverse health effects. We have seen 400 & 500 readings here in Shenyang on the AQI.  In Canada & US the AQI rarely gets above the 50 level. On days when the AQI is high I usually choose to stay inside.

On Friday, we received, along with all the Michelin expats, air purifiers for our apartments. One for the main living area and one for the bedroom. ( more if you have children, for their bedrooms)  We finally had chance to set them up and so today even though the index has only been about 180 which is still high and unhealthy, ( there are higher pollution days coming) we are breathing better. This is such a great thing and you don’t realize until you live in a country like China. The air actually smells different with the purifiers running.

Thank you Michelin!



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Adventure For Two

I am from Bridgewater, Nova Scotia, Canada and I'm back from traveling with my husband on an expat assignment to foreign lands. 2011-2012 we were in Shenyang, China. Spring 2012- Spring 2013 we were in Resende,RJ Brazil then back to Shenyang, China in July 2013 until the end of July 2014. Expat life WAS amazing! Adventure abounds no matter where we travel to. We really enjoyed the amazing opportunity to live and experience culture and tradition in these places. BUT now we are finished and adjusting to life in our small town in Canada. Our days of travel and adventure are not over.

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