Annie Bananie en Europe

A blog about travel, life, and everyday tidbits



This web site was inspired by a friend and ex-classmate of mine who, upon hearing that I’d be doing grad school in Europe, remarked, “Cool! So you’ll be blogging, right?”

I wasn’t going to, but his comment gave birth to the blog you see here.

This blog serves as a personal archive of my adventures around the world, mostly in Europe. I truly believe that although a picture is worth a thousand words, photos need to be complemented with words in order to come to life. For me, it is important to document not only the circumstances under which photos were taken, but the feelings and emotions experienced at that particular instant, so that I can always look back and reflect on these moments frozen in time.

Annie in Hakone, Japan, January 2020

I generally travel by myself in Europe, and it is no hassle since transportation is so convenient! Occasionally I visit friends in different cities and travel with company, and it is a completely different experience from solo roaming. In any case, I love opening my eyes to the unknown, seeing the vast amount of diversity in such a small continent!

I hope you enjoy browsing around!


Annie and Jian’s wedding in Quinsac, France, October 2019

I am a 32-year-old Chinese-Canadian born in China, raised in Toronto, Canada, and currently living in Wuhan, China. My European adventures began when I took on post-graduate studies in a co-tutelle between France and Belgium from October 2010 to December 2013. You don’t need to know what a co-tutelle is; all that matters is that my location, during that period of time, toggled between Bordeaux, France and Louvain-la-Neuve, Belgium. I finished my studies, went back to Toronto, didn’t succeed in finding a suitable job there, and somehow ended back in Europe under these unforeseen circumstances. From the end of 2014 to 2017, I worked in Glasgow, Scotland, UK (can you still say “Europe” though?) Since May 2018, I have been living and working in Wuhan after moving across seas to be with the man I love ❤

I work as a science writer and there are 5 hobbies that I am passionate about outside of work: travelling, photography, writing, singing, and food. This blog encompasses the first three.

Things I like and enjoy, other than the aforementioned items, include Doraemon, tea, music of JJ Lin and Jay Chou, playing the flute and guitar, The Little Prince, books by Mitch Albom, Chinese, Converse shoes, hippos, the smell of raw corn and coffee beans (separately), notebooks (the paper kind) and stationery, broccoli, and cities with water.


Things I dislike include eggplants, celery, seminars, people who don’t finish what they are saying, make-up, politics, and gossip. I don’t hate things (or I try not to). Whenever I use the word “hate”, I don’t mean it. I really ought to say “dislike”.


Comments, suggestions, and feedback are welcomed and appreciated and can be sent by leaving a comment here. Thanks for visiting!

19 responses to “About

  1. Torres February 11, 2012 at 18:50

    i loved your blogg, seriously, specially the post about Germany,Its just great that you can travel wordwide, I`ve a chance to go to Germany too, I really want to win the georaphy championship to go and your blogg is worth it, it has lots of wonderfull photographs with aswesome landmarks, I like the way you express you feelings through the pictures and the text, thats incredible, you transport readers to the place, greetings from Mexico


  2. bxlblog March 31, 2012 at 18:02

    Thanks for stopping by my blog. What are you getting your PhD in? Good luck!


  3. this is lemonade March 27, 2013 at 18:44

    Love the idea of your sites! I found your foodie one before I clicked on a link over here. Hope the PhD is going well. Not suffering too much from winter – I guess Toronto is typically colder and has more snow.


  4. thebestdressup August 28, 2013 at 08:20

    ciao! luvFAB blog.


  5. darwinontherocks June 6, 2014 at 03:54

    I stumbled on your blog through your post concerning Iceland ! It looks interesting, with a lot of traveling !! What are you up to these days, still in Europe or back to your home ?


  6. Ger H June 24, 2014 at 10:16

    Confirmed what I already knew. That studying in Europe is awesome 🙂


  7. Sartenada February 14, 2015 at 13:35

    About page is one of the most important page when blogging. I always read them. You have been traveled a lot of in Europe, but one “totally unknown” country is missing – Finland!


    • Annie Bananie February 14, 2015 at 13:37

      I would love to go to Finland! Actually I almost went there last Christmas, but plans have changed and it still remains totally unknown to me, but for sure it is a place I’ll try to visit in the future 🙂


  8. arv! May 31, 2016 at 14:52

    Lovely blog…or should I say Annie’s travel diary? 🙂


  9. Jean July 18, 2020 at 22:04

    Interesting blog. Your last name is abit different..


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