Zhejiang Oriental Hotel
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... when I'm prepared but due to lack of time for preparation I often have half prepared lessons and sometimes getting the kids to talk is like drawing blood out of a stone. My ability to work off the cuff has certainly improved and I am able to reuse a lot of the material in many of the classes.
A few other very interesting things have happened, but I cannot write them here at this moment. Overall, I am enjoying my life here, ...
... 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 ...
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 ...
Well a few days have passed, and I feel I am getting used to life here a bit more. I can successfully take the bus to all the places I need to go, and have managed to explore a few different areas around the city and Westlake area.
So on Monday I went to the Chinesetown school and walked into the office to be greeted by blank stares. I asked in Chinese if anyone speaks English and after a few seconds one girl came over to me and ...
... 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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