Librairie Avant-Garde

- Turn something rotten into a miracle -

Librairie Avant-Garde is a vast underground parking lot that was once used as a bomb shelter, now turned into a church-looking bookstore.

I didn’t have many places on my itinerary for Nanjing since I wanted to keep it spontaneous. However, Librairie Avant-Garde was a must-go from the start. It took me nearly an hour of walking/ getting lost, and a few metro rides to get there, since it was a true hidden gem. But it was well worth it and I ended up spending almost an hour just roaming around, flipping pages. It was a happy moment in my favourite bookstore in the world. 

Although most of the books were in Chinese, I found and bought the ‘Little Prince’. It's written in English, Chinese and French all in one and I can’t wait to re-read it during my travels. Last time I read it was in middle school for an English class assignment, and I don't think I understood the true meaning of it back then. It's going to be interesting to see what impact it will make this time around.

So to anyone who will be travelling to Nanjing in the future, I highly recommend to check out Librairie Avant-Garde. It's different and I loved it.

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Next stop, Nanjing!

- Say yes to new adventures -

A short hour has passed since I finished my first exam for this semester, and I’m currently on the train on my way to Nanjing. I’m not sure how smart of a decision this is considering my next and final exam is in two days. But at the same time I feel very relaxed and confident that I’ll be OK. Speaking of taking full advantage of this rare situation and the opportunity to explore a new city during my remaining four days in China. 

It’s a funny feeling of wanderlust and desperation, I think, mixed with a dash of “Yolo”-attitude as I try to squeeze in another travel at this period of time where everyone are stressing about exams. But I can’t help but ask if not now, when? Nanjing has always been on my bucket list and on top of that I’ve been craving a solo-experience outside of Ningbo as of late. This is the perfect mid-week get-away to destress and recharge the batteries if you ask me! We should all do this more often. I should’ve done this more often.

I got a few things on the agenda in Nanjing, other than that I'm just going to do spontaneous sightseeing. Regardless, I'm excited!