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... seeing some of the sights, and certainly the size, of the city.
Late morning we went for a wander to Zhongcunzhen, the little village across the road from me, and had a walk in the sunshine and warmth before getting lunch at a random restaurant. The young lad who might have been our waiter, stood and watched Carol & Don eat their meal - occasionally he would do something, like take the plate of ...
... super-cool (not!) heat reflecting umbrella with me from now on.
On the work front I had a pretty positive appraisal last week, and we get a new DOS (teachers boss) starting after Dragon boat festival next week, so am hoping that things will improve. We are still short of 3 foreign teachers, and everyone has really heavy workloads as a result. Apparently there will be a new intake of teachers next month, in time to help with summer school over Jul and Aug.
... to pass the time with.
I had come prepared with drinks and snacks but one can never go hungry on these trains. Trolleys are constantly wheeled up and down with shrink wrapped fruit piled high, drinks, snacks and even meals. I buy some freshly cooked hot chicken and it was really tasty, so much so I later bought some more. A member of the train staff even comes down selling kids toys – now that is a good idea.
The good thing about these long train journeys is ...
As you may expect, days like Mother's Day and birthdays can be a bit tough when you are 5000 km away from the people you love, and 1 of the local teachers in particular realised this and invited me out to dinner with her and 2 of the other local staff.
The 3 of them all live in the area known as university city - it is on its own island, and has several (I think they said 10) universities located there. It is considered to be THE place to go to uni in the province and was finished ...
... but they somehow had figured out the rest!
At that point, I figured I had should probably change roles with them otherwise my boss might see there was no need for me to be there! Next time I want leave, I might suggest that the girls take the class. And man, they were great on discipline - we have monkey that climbs a tree when they are good, and they managed that perfectly too!
Re the flashcards - the vocab last night was food: ...