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 speaks at least enough English to communicate the basics (like money and when we want something cold). Even if you want to speak Chinese, most of them want to talk in English since they so rarely get to practice it. There is also plenty of …
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 as I was working on my last posting the Buckland Director of Operations kept us entertained. His name is Greg and he’s a really great guy. He was having to wait up because two new teachers were coming in very late at 2:30am. So he …
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 for us to use for our luggage which was really nice because our carry-ons were crazy heavy. Going through customs was very easy. They had about 6 people working so the line moved quickly. They just needed an entry form they gave us on the …
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 two days. It still was not the greatest, but it was at least a spicy chicken in rice. So we ate it happily. There was a lot of turbulence. We flew through a storm which, we finally realized, was the reason the flight was delayed …
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 11:30pm. While there are times I kick myself for having packed so much, I am now glad that I did. I’ll get to why later. Today we did a little exploring on our own, found a local bakery. I’m still trying to find something to …
The flights across the US and to China were not bad. They were very smooth and shorter than expected. The flight to LAX was supposed to be 5 hours, but we got in at least an hour early. The landing was a bit difficult for me, though. I got really nauseous and thought for sure I was going to throw up. It wasn’t rough, just intense I guess. This is the only time I have ever been to California. Apparently, it is this magical place where celebrities meet you as you get off the planes. As we were walking from …
GREETINGS FROM THE WORLD OF TOMORROW! Yeah, we’re on the otherside of the international dateline so its 2am Friday as I write this. China doesn’t use time zones so its all the same time across the country. It is also exactly 12 hours different from Eastern Time. So if you want to know what time it is for us, just look at your watch and switch the am to pm or vice versa. So my plan was to let folks know how we were doing every step of the way. However at every stop there was a fee to pay …
Seth Anderson and Amanda Roberts met in 2008 through the online game of Second Life and met in real life in December that year. In May of 2009 after Amanda’s Master’s graduation, she moved to Orlando to start a new life with Seth. They married in March of 2010. But that was when the economy was taking a severe nose-dive and full-time teaching jobs proved impossible to get. Seth had just graduated as a pharmacy technician and also was unable to find full-time work. With the debt mounting and the possibility of moving becoming bigger, they made the decision of …
The one thing I hate about blogs is not knowing when they are updated. I hate having to check back again and again, wondering when a new post will be up. Eventually, I forget to keep checking and will not check back for months at a time. So to help people who want to be regular readers, I have created a mailing list. I will only use it to send out emails notifying you when there has been an update or if there is other relvant information about us you might want to know (like our radio show schedule or …
This blog is about the adventures of me and my husband in China. Let me start by telling you a little about us. We met in the summer of 2008 through the online game Second Life and quickly became friends. At the time, I lived outside of Kansas City, Missouri and Seth lived in Orlando, Florida. By the fall, out characters were married; and by December we were meeting in person. We fell in love and in May of 2009 I moved to Orlando to begin our new life together. But it was not all perfect. Seth was laid off …
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