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... The intelligence of some of these kids is scary, seriously.
Anyway I got through the first day, and each day after I was given more and more classes in about 5 different locations. Most of the classes are of less than 10 students, which is certainly beneficial for their speaking. After the first day I was to make my own way to each school, but fortunately I have worked out how to navigate the bus system. Google maps has been ...
... 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 ...
... rather vague, but they told me a few things I needed to do such as open a bank account and they would help me apply for a residence permit. I also filmed a 5 minute video about Fathers' Day for their website and they seemed pretty happy about it.
Opening the bank account wasn't so difficult as I imagined. One girl there could speak a bit of English so between the 2 of us utilising both languages we managed to get everything done ...
... meeting me in my hotel at 9am and we decided to walk to my Chinese school which looked so close on the map, but an hour of walking in the stifling humidity quashed my enthusiasm rather quickly. We arrived and it was closed, and concluded that I must return tomorrow to register. Damn! We did some other things including buying a sim card to call my contact at the company where I will be teaching and make arrangements to go in tomorrow to get the residence permit ...
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