So what’s next to break?

So what’s next to break?

Its been a rough few days. So far we get one thing fixed and then something else breaks down. First the washer faucet broke, then after getting that fixed we discovered the A/C in our bedroom had a big leaking problem. We learned this after putting one of Amanda’s bags under it so that everything …

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Uber-long Random Picture Thread

Uber-long Random Picture Thread

So I have just a bunch of random pictures I have taken in China that don’t really merit their own post, but I wanted to put them up anyway. So here they are: In Yangshou, we just happened to stumble across the Fawlty Towers Hotel. Ah, the golden arches, the universal symbol for happiness! Apparently, …

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Chinese Food

Chinese Food

Part of the tour of Yangshou with Patrick was a trip to the market. The market is divided into two parts: the fruit market (which has fruits, veggies, and a few meats) and the meat market (which has all kinds of meat, poultry, fish, and a few fruits and veggies). Seth and I did go …

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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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