About Daniel

Daniel is an elementary English teacher in China. In his spare time, he enjoys playing Chinese card games, reading, working out, running, traveling, hiking, and learning more about culture & life. Daniel is married to his wife, Marta, and they have a son, Caleb, who is nearing his first birthday! They are located in Qingdao, which is on the east coast of the Shandong province.

Marta and me on a hike in our first year in Qingdao.
Marta holding our Caleb close when he was only two days old.
fam on ISQ steps
Marta, Caleb (9 months old), and me
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16 thoughts on “About Daniel

  1. Hi Daniel, it was a pleasant surprise to read your blog today. I am here because of the ‘likes’ for my blog. I am intrigued by your life in China. I have been to China 5 times, 2 weeks per visit, for our adoption trips. I have tried to dive into the culture on each trip. I have thoroughly enjoyed those visits and talking with people on the streets doing everyday stuff.

    I will follow your blog so I can keep up with your adventures. I am really looking forward to this.

    Come by again some time! From time to time, I post some snippets of our China trips and talk about adoption, culture, touring, surprises and on and on.

    Thanks again!

    • Hi Dennis,
      Your blog and stories are fascinating and inspirational. It reminded me of Lisa Ling’s documentary, “China’s Lost Girls.” If you haven’t seen it, it’s definitely worth the time. It could be very resonating for you.

      I have great respect for you in regards to adoption & culture-diving. Keep up the writing! Your worldview is needed here. 🙂

      I look forward to keeping up with you. Thank you!

      • Yes. ‘China’s Lost Girls’ is a great video – we bought it right when it came out. I have loaned it out dozens of times. For the past few years, all the 7th grade classes in our schools have been shown the video in Social Studies. I have that on my list of future posts.

        Thanks for following!

  2. Thanks for following BuildingMyBento and for liking my post about “window shopping,” Daniel! Have you noticed that phenomenon in Chinese hotels too, where a hotel room might be located above a bowling alley and below a discotheque?

    A few of my friends in China have said that Qingdao is one of the more pleasant places to visit. That’s probably why I haven’t gone yet!

    • I know of a hotel or two that has a bowling alley underground, but I haven’t heard of any having clubs upstairs.

      Qingdao is quite pleasant to live in as well. Maybe too pleasant, haha.

  3. Thanks for visiting my blog. Now I have discovered your blog, which looks wonderful. I look forward to reading more posts about your experiences in China.

  4. Hi, nice to meet you! You have very interesting blog. I look forward to reading next post. I understand almost all… 🙂 we lived over 4y in SHA! Everyday was different… Bye Kamila

  5. Hi Daniel, since your blog is such an inspiration to us for the work you do, I have nominated you for the Liebster Award. If you wish to accept, you can see the rules on my blog post that will show up at 2am EDT on 10/5. In either case, your blog is great and we do enjoy it. Thanks.

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