Finally, an Assignment and Train Adventure! or, And The Chinese Man Kept on Snoring

Finally, an Assignment and Train Adventure! or, And The Chinese Man Kept on Snoring

So long before we ever came to China, we requested to go to Yangzhou, a prefect on the Hunan/Guangxi boarder and only three hours from Guilin. During the school assignments, though, we found out that for some reason Yangzhou was not taking and new foreign teachers. We were hearing rumors from problems with the government …

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Orientation/Training at Buckland College (with a side trip to the government hospital)

Orientation/Training at Buckland College (with a side trip to the government hospital)

Seth and I both had to take the TESOL training at Buckland to be qualified to teach English as a second/foreign language in a Chinese school. Only makes sense. The only problem is that usual TESOL training is 120 hours. Buckland has managed to pull enough strings to condense the traning down into 40 hours …

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Long post is long, part 1

Long post is long, part 1

So I’ve been pondering what kind of title to start off with. “Don’t Drink the Bi-Jo.” “28 Hours of No Sleep.” “Third Time Isn’t the Charm.” There has been a lot to do and its hard to just find time to sit down a relax for a while. Thursday was watching others teach the test …

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Busy three days

Busy three days

With classes started the days have been very busy. Its hard enough to find time to type, let alone make a posting. But I’ve got a few minutes before breakfast this morning so here goes. The food so far has been good in the school’s cafe. The fix several dishes and bring out plates of …

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Yangshou

Yangshou

View just outside our hostel. Yangshou (or as the locals pronounce it “Yangsou”) is the center of English learning in China. In this small town, there are over a dozen English schools. Several of them are owned by Owen Buckland’s family (Owen is the president/owner of our agency). So it is very westernized and everyone …

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Trying to stay awake

Trying to stay awake

I’ve been up since 2300. Have to start getting used to military time. Trying to find things to do to keep me busy and awake until the evening and I can go to sleep. Its hard with the heat, but I’ve got classes tomorrow and need to get my sleep schedule changed now. Last night …

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One Night in Shanghai

One Night in Shanghai

The nice thing about Shanghai Pudong airport (there are at least two airports I think in Shanghai) is that everything is written in English and Chinese. And most employees speak English as well. We got off the plane and needed to use the bathroom; thankfully, they were all Western-style. There were little rolling carts waiting …

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On to Yangshou

On to Yangshou

The flight to Guilin from Shanghai started boarded about two hours late, which was a little disconcerting. By this time, I was feeling very tired and was having a lot of pain in my shoulders, neck, and head. But we finally got on the plane and the food was the best we had eaten in …

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China Adventures: Part Two

China Adventures: Part Two

So the flight from Pudong Airport was delayed by two hours. We think it was due to storms in the area of Guilin, as all the other flights going there were delayed as well. So not only did we come in late, two other teachers also arrived late. We finally got to the hostel about …

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