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Well, a lot has happened since my last entry, and I can at least successfully say that I survived my first week at work. I can also say that I feel exhausted and overworked like an in demand cow.
My first day they had arranged for a driver to take me to a high school quite far away from the main office, and there I was to be teaching 3 classes of what I was told would be about 10-12 students. Upon arrival at that school, I was forced ...
... room. We went to the night market, but that was just a bunch of people like sardines among random tables of stuff, so we haven't gone back there. There is another market that is open during the day with a bunch of booths and things that we've been to a couple times that was pretty fun.
The weekend trips to Shanghai and Beijing were the best parts of the trip by far. Walking/hiking the Great Wall was an absolutely amazing experience.
I have now been in Hangzhou for 8 days. As each day passes I am learning new things and feeling more and more comfortable. I have almost gotten to the point where I can walk around the streets and ignore the stares.
I am in my apartment now, which is good, but it is also a little boring being there by myself. There is certainly not an English speaker anywhere to be found in this district. I have discovered that most of the foreigners are ...
... her my letter of admission which required me to be registered on this day. She was lovely actually and got me to fill in a form and gave me her contact details. From what I can gather it is all rather laid back, she said to get my work timetable first and we will work my classes around it. All good.
Afterwards I walked (never a good idea in such extreme heat and humidity) to my company to say hi and find out my working details. It ...
... being built way out of towns, taking a train is not much better than taking a plane. We took the subway from the station to the main train station, which has plenty around it, and got a hotel room nearby. It was a waste of money, of time, and patience. And we're only here because we couldn't get a direct train to Beijing.
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