Shangri La Hotel Hangzhou
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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 ...
... money after all I have been spending. I'm looking forward to starting actually, because walking the streets by myself each day gets a little boring after a while.
Another exciting thing that happened was I made a new friend today. A mutual friend put me onto a girl from my uni in Melbourne who has also just moved here this week. She is Chinese and speaks perfect Aussie English. I met up with her today and it was so nice being able to ...
... 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 ...
Another morning to awake to the beautiful songs of mountain birds and sunny skies! We are so blessed with the weather, particularly considering that it rained for 8 days in a row before we arrived here! Our hostess treated us to a fabulous breakfast this morning, perched on the rooftop of the hotel. Overlooking the beautiful fields that surround us, and the wonderful mountain backdrop. Breakfast was an incredible 8 course feast, beginning with fresh pineapple and ...
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