Travel Blogs from Nanxi, China

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Rainy days and dirty laundry, Nanxi, China travel blog

Rainy days and dirty laundry

A travel blog entry by r.king

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There were three students that were late to class today. If they were 30 seconds to a minute I would have been more gracious, but they were over 5 minutes late.  Typically when students arrive to class moments before the bell or shortly after they ...

Santa Claus and Chinese Poetry, Nanxi, China travel blog

Santa Claus and Chinese Poetry

A travel blog entry by r.king

Today I repeated my introductory lessons to the new Junior 3 classes, and was able to teach a new lesson to some of the students I saw yesterday.  The new lesson today was about American holidays.  I discussed the traditions of each day and ...

Sally and Cindy visit China, Nanxi, China travel blog

Sally and Cindy visit China

A travel blog entry by r.king

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The teachers at Nanxi No. 1 High School received wonderful news today. All classrooms will soon be equipped with air conditioners!!   *happy face* I encountered a few difficulties today when I went to my classroom.  First, the chairs and ...

A restful weekend, Nanxi, China travel blog

A restful weekend

A travel blog entry by r.king

... evening I went to dinner with 12 other English teachers.  We went for Hot Pot, which is quite possibly my favorite meal in China.  It was nice to meet some new people and speak English.  I did, however, have the opportunity to show off ...

Christmas in April, Nanxi, China travel blog

Christmas in April

A travel blog entry by r.king

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It seems that the sun has followed me to Nanxi.  The mornings and evenings are beautiful, but the afternoons are simply too hot.  Tomorrow it will be over 100 degrees.  It feels a bit like Tulsa in August. I taught my American holiday ...

Back to school, Nanxi, China travel blog

Back to school

A travel blog entry by r.king

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Today was the first day of classes after the Labor Day holiday.  I taught Senior 1 students this morning.  These students are typically 16 years old and have studied English for at least 4 years.  I briefly introduced myself and then spoke ...

A simple day, Nanxi, China travel blog

A simple day

A travel blog entry by r.king

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I had a terrible stomach ache this morning, so I spent the majority of the morning in bed reading or resting.  I think my body needed the rest. I went for a walk on the west side of the river today.  There is a nice riverwalk type area with ...

In the groove, Nanxi, China travel blog

In the groove

A travel blog entry by r.king

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... and Tuesday due to the Chinese Labor Day holidays.  I will begin teaching Senior 1 students on Wednesday.  I am thoroughly enjoying my time here in Nanxi.  I have a feeling these next weeks are going to go by quickly! Until we meet ...

Walmart, Birthday parties and Hamburgers, Nanxi, China travel blog

Walmart, Birthday parties and Hamburgers

A travel blog entry by r.king

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... there are many differences due to culture, the layout of the store was quite similar to those in America.  Even the Walmart in China boast that they have the lowest prices.  Cherry bought me some green tea (my favorite) to keep in my ...

French fries and facials, Nanxi, China travel blog

French fries and facials

A travel blog entry by r.king

... here in Nanxi.  The village is small, and it is difficult to get lost.  I find that walking through the streets of Nanxi is the ultimate game of "Frogger."  Few vehicles adhere to traffic laws.  Red lights to not always mean stop, many ...

All about Twisters, Nanxi, China travel blog

All about Twisters

A travel blog entry by r.king

Today I was able to observe Frank's English class.  Frank is the head of the English teachers and this particular class was comprised of students that are top in their class for English.  They did a lot of listening and pronunciation ...

A lazy day, Nanxi, China travel blog

A lazy day

A travel blog entry by r.king

Today was a rainy day with no agenda.  I spent the day alternating hours of walking, reading and napping.  It was nice to have the opportunity to catch up on rest.  Until we meet ...

A grand welcome, Nanxi, China travel blog

A grand welcome

A travel blog entry by r.king

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Today was my first day of classes at Nanxi No. 1 High School.   Frank met me and showed me to my new office, my classroom and also to the cafeteria where I will be eating my meals each day.   After breakfast, Frank took me to the ...

An unexpectedly full day, Nanxi, China travel blog

An unexpectedly full day

A travel blog entry by r.king

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I concluded teaching my conversation lesson to the Junior 3 students today.  The students were nervous to begin speaking, but did quite well once forced to do so:)  The new arrangement of the desks also allows for me to walk up and down ...

Play Parties and Thunderstorms, Nanxi, China travel blog

Play Parties and Thunderstorms

A travel blog entry by r.king

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It rained today.  GLORIOUS RAIN!  The cooler temperature was readily welcomed. I taught another group of classes about American folk music today.  I was able to use my laptop to share the sounds of bluegrass and taught them the songs and ...

Getting to know you..getting to know all about you, Nanxi, China travel blog

Getting to know you..getting to know all about you

A travel blog entry by r.king

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...  for a typical Chinese breakfast—spicy noodles.  The noodles were delicious.  The Sichuan province is known throughout China as having very beautiful women.  It is believed that the beauty is a result of a spicy diet.  It is ...

Hot pot and tea time, Nanxi, China travel blog

Hot pot and tea time

A travel blog entry by r.king

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... was no rain.  Wilma and her husband picked me up and we took a brief walk by the river before lunch.  Nanxi is known throughout China for it's bean curd, which is a product of the soy bean.  There is a special wall alongside the river ...

A day in Nanxi, Nanxi, China travel blog

A day in Nanxi

A travel blog entry by r.king

... soon surrounded by a crowd of women and young girls with friendly faces, attempting to communicate, yet failing to do so.   Nanxi is a beautiful place full of beautiful people.  Frank picked me up for dinner and we met Mr. Du and a few ...

Minor frustrations and familiar faces, Nanxi, China travel blog

Minor frustrations and familiar faces

A travel blog entry by r.king

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... lesson request by Frank.  It has been quite a challenge as I do not have curriculum and the internet search engines in China are quite different.  If only I were a meteorologist…  Hopefully it goes well tomorrow.  This evening I ...

Another simple day, Nanxi, China travel blog

Another simple day

A travel blog entry by r.king

The blog entry I attempted to post last night did not publish for some reason...so I will do my best to recap the few events of yesterday. Today I taught the Senior 1 classes about American holidays.  The English comprehension of this class is much ...

Tea time with Frank, Nanxi, China travel blog

Tea time with Frank

A travel blog entry by r.king

Today was yet another lazy day.  I was able to sleep in for a while which was nice.  I was also able to finish my book today.  Unfortunately it was the only book I brought with me so I will be on the lookout for more reading ...

Arrival in Nanxi, Nanxi, China travel blog

Arrival in Nanxi

A travel blog entry by r.king

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... and each person takes from the various plates.  Each person welcomed me personally with a toast, which is common practice in China.  After dinner (which included octopus) Sally, Wilma, Cherry enjoyed a liesurely walk back to my hotel.  I ...

A day in the life..., Nanxi, China travel blog

A day in the life...

A travel blog entry by r.king

Today was another typical school day.  I had three classes in the morning and one class in the afternoon.  I taught again about the typical life of American teenagers.  By the end of the day, my jaw was sore from talking so much.  ...

Change is in the Air..., Nanxi, China travel blog

Change is in the Air...

A travel blog entry by jenksei2010

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Today was our last day of teaching Junior 1 and 2 (7th & 8th grade) students for this week. They will be on vacation until next Thursday. Junior 3 (9th grade) students will be begin taking entrance exams for high school tomorrow. The Senior 3 ...

Santa Claus visits Nanxi, Nanxi, China travel blog

Santa Claus visits Nanxi

A travel blog entry by nihao-kailan

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... Rachel and I enjoy walking by the river.   There is so much to see.  This weekend is a special holiday in China.  On this holiday Auntie Rachel and I will travel to see old dinosaurs.  Real dinosaurs!!  I am so ...

One Last Lap Around the Place, Nanxi, China travel blog

One Last Lap Around the Place

A travel blog entry by jenksei2010

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... , particularly where the new development is going on at this time. There are a large number of new apartment buildings being erected in Nanxi. The area will have an entirely new look for the next teachers who visit. After lunch, Frank and I went to the ...

Nanxi - Saturday, Yibin/Nanxi, China travel blog

Nanxi - Saturday

A travel blog entry by jenksei2010

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... Mary and Sally, who spent time at our school in the fall. We received beautiful bouquets of flowers. We took a bumpy ride to Nanxi (they are currently building a new road linking Yibin to Nanxi). We got to our hotel around midnight. We were tired and ...

A walk around Nanxi, Nanxi, China travel blog

A walk around Nanxi

A travel blog entry by nihao-kailan

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... our last day of school.  I made so many nice friends at school.  After school Auntie Rachel and I walked around Nanxi and took pictures of things that we wanted to remember.  I will miss Nanxi very much, but I am happy that I ...

Diamonds are a thief's best friend?, Nanxi, China travel blog

Diamonds are a thief's best friend?

A travel blog entry by jenksei2010

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... knee and demonstrated an American marriage proposal to the class. The boys weren't too sure about that! When asked about what in China was as valuable as a diamond, the classes had some difficulty. A few mentioned gold, but we were surprised that they ...

One more time!, Nanxi, China travel blog

One more time!

A travel blog entry by jenksei2010

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Today we both worked with three of our Senior 1 (sophomore) classes for the last time in our current teaching schedule. It was sad for all, but we lightened the mood with group pictures with each of us. Mr. O's lesson was a repeat of the second half of ...

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