Xiangtan Dragon Spring Hotel
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One hundred years ago roughly was the anniversary of the Christmas truce. When allied and axis forces laid down their arms for one day to celebrate Christmas. Like many of those young men, I too am experiencing my first Christmas thousands of miles away from home (to those men Flanders must have felt just as far away as I am now). Although I may not be living in filthy mud with rockets flying over my head (although I regularly hear fireworks at all hours of the day from my bed) I ...
... with embarrassment (know I know why my dad pretends to flirt with my teachers at parents evenings). I spent the rest of the day, signing autographs for my students and posing for photos taken by my parents (much like a school nativity).
The following weekend, most of our group went off to Yi Yan (a town about 1 1/2 hours away to the north) to visit two friends of ours from the Beijing training course. I was invited but as this was the weekend before my ...
... is luxurious.
Once we're all seated at two huge tables, Dr. Zhang, the university VP, proposes a toast and the food begins to arrive. Dish after dish is served onto the enormous lazy susan at the centre of the table so that we can help ourselves whenever we want. The room begins to buzz with talking and laughter. Throughout the ...
"The time has come," the Walrus said, "to talk of many things,
Of shoes, and ships, and sealing wax, of cabbages and kings,
And why the sea is boiling hot, and whether pigs have wings."
- Lewis Carroll
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The last course in the Teaching in English program is designed to ...
... Shaodong which is a town to the South West of Changsha. Unfortunately though, the weather was not that clear so the view from the summit was not as stunning as it had been in the past.
Once we reached the summit, we began to look for an ancient fort which is supposed to be at the top somewhere but every time I go up there, I never seem to find it and this time around, once again it proved to be illusive. We found a small dirt track going over the ...