Beijing – months 7, 8, and 9

I’ve lost three days of my short, in comparison to the age of the universe, life to a cold-stroke-flu. But I wouldn’t have it any other way. It’s these mini-tragedies that remind me to value each day. Who am I kidding! I’m furious. I had things to do, people to see, and places to go!Continue reading “Beijing – months 7, 8, and 9”

Beijing – Week 4

Hello, This week was my first week teaching. I taught eight classes (four writing and four speaking) in three days (Monday to Wednesday). To say I was tired by Thursday is an understatement. In fact, I was so tired on Thursday that I had to quit my Chinese class – the one I only joinedContinue reading “Beijing – Week 4”

Guizhou | Second semester teaching English in China

This week there’s a two-day national holiday in China so what better time to catch up with my blog than now! I’m condensing February and March into one post as most of February was my winter vacation which I talk about in these posts: Guide to Kunming – China’s city of eternal spring; Sanya – China’s Hawaii; YuanYangContinue reading “Guizhou | Second semester teaching English in China”

China – Week 14

After feeling unwell for more than a week I finally feel better – better enough to publish a blog post and start planning some travelling! Now that the first semester is over I have 5 weeks to myself and I want to spend it backpacking in South China. But before that adventure begins I want to catch upContinue reading “China – Week 14”

China – Week 11

Sunday 20th November Myself and the other foreign teachers were invited to dinner by an American couple who have lived in Duyun for over 20 years. They have raised two children, taught English, and started a cattle farm during that time. They also recently adopted two kittens which are so cute that I started toContinue reading “China – Week 11”

China – Week 10

Let me tell you teaching and having a social life is hard work. I barely survived this week. So it’s good fortune that there are only 5 more weeks until the end of term. Bring on the winter holidays!   Sunday 13th November Mine, Aimee and Stephen’s interview with the University’s News Centre was published.Continue reading “China – Week 10”

China – Week 8

A word about our sponsor This week’s post is brought to you by the best jacket in town – Kate Moss and some pizza sllces. I can’t wait to see what other jackets make an appearance this season as the temperature decreases.   Back to our normal programming Routine? Stress? I don’t know why, but for someContinue reading “China – Week 8”

China – Week 7

Week 7 did not go as planned. It was meant to be filled with playing lots of sports but on Wednesday disaster struck. Sunday 23rd October Sunny, a Broadcasting student, invited me, Aimee and Stephen to be interviewed by the Broadcasting Society. They wanted to know about our experience in China so far and howContinue reading “China – Week 7”

China – Week 6

This week has been exhausting but fun!   Sunday 16th October Today I started lesson planning for my new subject – Tourism English. I teach it to four classes. There are approximately 60 students in each class. The students are seniors (final year) so their English level is very high. It’s an interesting subject whereContinue reading “China – Week 6”

China – Week 5

Where is the time going! This past week is a blur but luckily I remember enough to tell you this: Sunday 9th October The novelty of marking has worn off. Its gleam lasted no longer than the sparkle of receiving a pair of socks at Christmas. The students will find themselves marking each other’s homeworkContinue reading “China – Week 5”

China – Week 4

I feel tired so this week’s post will be brief. Sunday 2nd October I noticed a circus was in town. I wanted to find out the ticket prices and performance times so Aimee and I visited the box office. And guess what happened? We got in for free (foreigner discount) and the show started soon after. DreamsContinue reading “China – Week 4”