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Once again, my birthday was anti-climactic. Every year, I seem to start my new life at around my birthday time. So, every year I don't know anybody and I never have a party, per-se. This time, a nice man Logan tried to make one for me, but I knew it wouldn't work out because that's just how things go. We had a good time, and I had my own party in my brain I guess.
A nice lady, ...
... this, apparently.
There is a nice mountain park across the river, so I biked over and visited the Yuelu academy, a 1500 year old university. It's still there, but now it's called Hunan University and it's bigger and located at the bottom of the hill. I meandered around, pretending that I was a 5th century scholar in ancient China. What would that have been like? Probably smelly.
After that, I hiked up the rest of ...
... of the week - I believe the kids are in school from 7:30am until approximately 5pm (and this for the younger ones - the middle school and junior high school students don't seem to get out of lessons until 8:30 pm or even later) - I'm surprised their behaviour isn't worse.
To top matters off, this is a boarding school, where children as young as six board in dorms packed with spartan bunk beds - I've seen as many as 6 bunk beds in one room, so 12 6 year old kids in one ...
... another adult in the classroom but I wouldn't cope without her as about half to 3/4 of the lesson needs to be translated. The kids are very curious about me and seemed to enjoy the lesson, though I felt personally it was a bit lacking (though perhaps I just need to build confidence.) With 6 classes tomorrow I feel the need to tweak it a bit in order to get things to run more smoothly.
That being said - I'm off to sleep in my (mercifully comfy) bed!
Check it out guys, my awesome new apartment. I am moving on up. China doesn't pay as well as Korea, but the perks are amazing.
My room has only one bedroom, but I get an office and awesome living room on the very top floor. I'm in the PENTHOUSE!
There is also a wondrous rooftop patio just next to my place, which will be the place for lunches and parties in the future, I'm sure.
Check out the photos. Be jealous, be very jealous.