How to get married and move to China in 60 days



Adventure Articles - A Love Story
Issued on 2-12-2005

Yannick Cornet is both a romantic and a bit of a philosopher. Which is probably no bad thing because he has rather a lot on his plate just at the moment. In the course of the next few weeks, he is both getting married and moving to China. And he'll be recording all the preparations and the events on his trusty N90 to post on his Lifeblog.

His Lifeblog is already going strong and offers clear evidence of his philosophical side. One of his recent posting is called “Why Get Married and Beyond”. It seeks to explain why, as someone who has always been instinctively against the institution of marriage because it is an institution, he is now taking the plunge.

Then his romantic side takes over. The real reason he's getting married is quite simple. She's called Annika. Yannick leaves us in little doubt about his feelings for her. All you fellow romantics should go to the website and log on to his Lifeblog immediately. There won't be a dry eye in the house.

To add to the romance, Yannick then adds a photo record of the place where he proposed. Being a bit of an internationalist - he's a Belgian-born French Canadian who now lives in Copenhagen – he didn't go for just any old spot. He chose a romantic disused castle on the island of Salina off the coast of Sicily.

The only blot on his romantic copybook is that the actual spot where he popped the question – he shows it on his Lifeblog – was beside a sign which says in large letters “Arrivederci”, which of course means ‘Goodbye' in Italian.

Well, he is off to China. But happily, Annika will be going with him. They get married on December 17 and Yannick starts work in Beijing on January 16. He says they are both looking forward to it immensely. “Annika was pushing to try to find a posting somewhere else,” says Yannick, “because she has never lived outside Denmark before and wanted to give it a try. I think she'll find China very different.”

But Yannick is an old China hand – he spent a year there when he was a student. He's really excited about going back and getting to know the country even better. And for him at least the language won't be a problem. “I actually speak better Chinese than I do Danish, even though I've been in Copenhagen for four years,” he admits. “I guess the difference is that I really wanted to learn Chinese!”

We're sure Annika will forgive him.





Why get married and beyond September 26th, 2005
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It is quite incredible what comes to mind when one even just utters the word "wedding" . It seems that a whole world of tradition and expectations suddenly falls...

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Wedding first steps and tough world premiere - maybe October 30th, 2005
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The first step before even starting.. was to ask Annika's dad permission of course - not to respect traditions, but because I wanted to. I drove out to the...

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Fake grass and stuffed pandas November 15, 2005
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Soooo you must be wondering about CHINAAAAA! Well people say it has changed, and indeed it has, but also it has not. Being here is always amusing and often...

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If god did not exist, it would be necessary to invent him (Voltaire) December 11, 2005
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Ok time for a little update on the preparations. One week away from our wedding event, are we ready? According to our plan, we are 70% ready. So what...

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La Famiglia guestlist (part 1/3) December 17, 2005
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It is customary to organize in advance who sits where at a large dinner. We decided to go along: it has indeed potential to maximise mingling. So we created fun...

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Friendly guestlist (part 2/3) December 17th, 2005
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...fun picture cards for every invitee. On the back, we pasted a personalized cutting from Chinese magazines - classifieds, funny advertisements, articles etc. We had quite a laugh! The cards...

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Friendly gueslist (part 3/3) December 17th, 2005
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...the cards were plastified, so it was our gift to every guest. You can find some of the interesting ones below each picture. Here is the final friends guestlist set.

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The good old days are now - Wedding day PART 1 December 17th, 2006
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So how was it? "It was the best 'not traditional wedding' I ever attended" "Thanks for great wedding party - that was beautiful and awsome at the same time...

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A sunny rasta kitsh wedding start - Wedding Day PART 2 December 17th, 2006
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The ceremony was great : Annika's dad sang a Faroese song; Annika's sister's husband Henrik read a crazy poem from Faroese author William Heinesen, a piece full of body...

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The Party (without Peter Sellers) - Wedding Day PART 3 December 17th, 2006
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The diner was at El Tapeo, a spanish restaurant a few steps away from our place. It was perfect, and amazing. The food was incredible and surprised everybody, myself included:...

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To be or not to be.. naked. Let's pack (our identity) December 28, 2005 - 
January 5, 2006
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Packing to leave to another country raised an important question: who are we without our stuff? If naked, without clothes and belongings, am I still myself? Those 'things' surrounding me,...

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Beijing week 1: intensive biking for apartment visits January 7-14, 2006
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So what have we achieved and learned in this first week? Well quite a lot. About housing, pricing, banking, eating, massaging, going out, biking, learning chinese.. So yes, we got...

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Beijing week 1: .. and first experiences January 7-14, 2006
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What else? Damm there is so much to say. Beijingers have been asked to learn English by 2008 - for the Olympics. So signs in English are really common nowadays,...

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Week 2: Sex in the (smoky) city January 16-23, 2006
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A study by an Italian sexologist has found that couples with a TV set in their bedroom have sex half as often as those who don't. Once a week for...

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Week 3: Shanghai Shakedown .. (PART 1) January 27-31, 2006
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Week 3: Shanghai Shakedown .. (PART 1 Jan 27-31) When the dust settles and the winter lingles, what best but a little inter-city rivalry? Is it going to be Beijing...

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Week 3: ... scaring the Dog ... (PART 2) January 27-31, 2006
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Do I need to explain about Chinese New Year? Don't worry, it is coming soon to a cinema near you: with so many Chinese around the world and China opening...

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Week 3: ... and Hangzhou Hell  January 27-31, 2006
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You will hear people tell you: go to Hangzhou, it is heaven on earth! Obviously nobody has ever been to heaven before, because Hangzhou is really more like hell. One...

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Why China? PART 1: Beijing Hot-Pot February 27, 2006
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I have been asked "why have you come to China?" a few times lately. I have not answered the question to myself in writing yet, simply because I could not...

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Why China? PART 2: Global curiosity February 27, 2006
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Globalization. More than half a century already of American imperialism and we are getting close to the neo-conservatist dreams of global capitalism with God-inspired America at the top of the...

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Why China? PART 3: Contemporary Surprise February 27, 2006
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Contemporary China. I usually say to taxi drivers that I am interested to discover China's 5000 years old culture. In fact I am not so interested by Chinese "stuff": I...

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