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... standards, it was a healthy trek uphill, its way now lined by restaurants, stores, and trinket booths.
Once we reached the hilltop, the crowds dispersed a little, and we enjoyed the cool, quiet greenery and ponds that surrounded the academy buildings. Happily, the information signs were written in Chinese and English so I could read them for myself. Claudia supplemented my learning by ...
... of the English language teachers told me that It plays here with Chinese subtitles (can you imagine the complexity of that interpreter's job?))
Once the grad students have exhausted their quest for love conversation, we finish dinner, and head out of the mall towards the river. There is a fireworks display in Changsha every Saturday during the summer and fall, and tonight is the final show ...
... and the evening.
Finally, and unexpectedly for me, we ended up at the entrance to a wax museum. The grad students consulted each other briefly in Chinese "Come on!" said Mia, using one of her favorite English expressions. "Let's GO!!!"
Cameras and cell phones at the ready, we started our journey through celebrity land, posing and posing again ...
... mention, my students absolutely loved it.
For the party I had prepared a ghost story and a few other bits and pieces, ready for the evenings chaos. We were picked up by associates of our employers and driven to the after school club we were employed by. All of the children were in fancy dress of some kind and they all looked adorable I must say. And so we spent the next hour playing every single party game known to westerners. They were all so desperate to ...
... each other up the steps towards us. Finally, the tallest of the bunch came a little closer and said to me, "Hello. What - is - your - name?"
I introduced myself and Walter, and asked for the boy's name. Then I said, "How old are you?"
The boy paused, and his forehead furrowed slightly as he accessed his elementary school English lessons. "I am - ten - years old."