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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 ...
... motorcycles, scooters, bikes, and pedestrians. The light just turns green and you go. Driving is insane, there might as well not be any lanes painted on the road. Driving here is kind of like a cat, "if it fits, it sits", so "if it fits, it goes"... and sometimes not even if it fits it still goes. But the taxis are pretty cheap which is good.
There are a ton of markets around here, so we went to the supermarket to get food to keep ...
... all day for both of us. We have both been feeling a bit isolated and lonely since being here and it was a good debrief. Plus she helped me to buy a travel card which means I should be able to rent some bikes around town freely. I'll add that to my to-do-list. It is a Sunday night and tomorrow is a public holiday, so I am with the 3 amigos writing this while they play computer games and do random stuff on their computers.
That's all for now.
... pot type thing. Definitely the best thing I ate here so far.
Scarlet, the girl from Chinesetown, will organise my Chinese lesson timetable to start next week, because it turns out that I won't be teaching much in the next month or so, so I can concentrate on studying Chinese. I think I will be teaching a middle school class which the current English teacher cannot control, so that should be fun. I am actually looking forward to ...
... dirty yet tasty meat skewers and cold beer. I was pretty exhausted after being in a plane all day so went to bed soon after.
While in Hangzhou, I will be both studying at Chinese School, and teaching at English school. Both are at different locations in the city, but are part of the same company. I'm not exactly sure what the balance will be for me yet and the first few days will probably be spent on sorting that out.
This morning started ...
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