Xiang Da International Hotel
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... yet. The people that I have met, the places that I stay at, the subways and buses that I take are all things that I would never do if I was with someone else. I would be in the same locations, but being here on a further removed level. This is all part of the journey, and in many ways so much more important than the sightseeing. The sites are all a destination, but how I get there, how I navigate, ask for directions, chat with others and remove myself from my previously ...
Today I woke for my 7.30 'Swiss breakfast' which included toast, a random slice of cheese, scrambled eggs and fruit with granola and yoghurt. Then along with a French-Canadian, I went to a sister hostel to pick up some others who were choosing to do the same tour as me. We sat freezing waiting to be told where to go, and eventually we were led to a big tour bus filled with about 20 people. Thank god the bus warmed up! It was going to be a very cold day. We ...
... 20 million people, but particularly so, as the following day was the Chong Yang festival, where it is customary to climb mountains, in the hope that it will prevent diseases. Therefore, the mountain was filled with people in the little area on the peak. This festival is also called the Double Ninth festival. In Mandarin, the word 'nine' and the word 'old' are pronounced the same, since 1989 the Chong Yang festival has also ...
... of vomit and human waste from both ends. It was disgusting. Right away, we went to the first vendor and ordered some deep fried scorpions. Mmmm, scorpion. Made me wish I lost my sense of taste. My boyfriend thinking it tasted like crab. I thought it tasted like ****. Then we tried star fish. One of the worst things I put in my mouth in a long time. It was like licking a muddy rock you found washed up on the beach. I couldn't even swallow ...
Well dear readers, I have, it seems survived three weeks of school. Three weeks of teaching English to over 400 Chinese students. As the song says, I Have Survived. It occurs to me as I ponder my weekly blog, that I haven't really talked about the school all that much, so I thought what a better way to spend a Friday night. The Bacui Bilingual International School is one of several international schools that have ...