Schedule & The Worst Garage Sale In Recent Memory

Trip Start Aug 01, 2012
Trip End Oct 13, 2013

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Friday, June 22, 2012

Before going into our schedule, I first want to say that we tried to have a garage sale to raise some money and get rid of junk.  Win, win, right? Wrong. So wrong. We woke up late to people already standing outside waiting for the junk to be put out at 7AM.  As we were trying to get everything out, the clothes horse (as I am told it is called) fell apart mid-staircase.

Once we got all the stuff out, some coffee, and all the people left, we felt pretty goody, ready to meet the next customers.  Then we saw the storm clouds.  What did we do you ask?  I went inside to check the weather report and as soon as I close the door, it starts pouring rain.  D:  

So while we are recovering from our abruptly ended garage sale, I figured I could post this.

Not only did we get a schedule, we got a nifty note (and something that looks like a map) to give to taxi drivers in Beijing to get us back to the hotel.  But the description in English makes it not sound like a hotel.  Also, I don't really have the address, but have obsessively narrowed down where we might be staying using Google satelite maps.  We are on the westside of a stadium near Peking University. 

We will be teaching and learning everyday from Aug 3rd to Aug 9.  On the 10th we will be doing a Great Wall tour.  Teaching and learning continues for 8 straight days until Aug 19th when we will be touring the Imperial Palace and getting on the train to Shenzhen. 

We arrive in Shenzhen on August 20th.  The medical exam (I've heard they do an EKG, very thorough) and police interview will be the next day, Aug 21st. We have continued Orientation on 22nd.  

The contract signing "ceremony" is on the 23rd during a lunch banquet where we will meet the school's superintendent and the resident English teacher.  We are still figuring out what kind of presents we should give them.  Anyone have any suggestions?  We have been given some guidelines: no food, no personal items like jewelry, and things from where you are from are good. The gift to the superintendent must be more expensive than the resident English teacher.

We are getting super excited!
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Laura on

Everyone should have at least one garage sell in their you've done yours!!

Nacho on

Hey Ally!
I would suggest some kind of accessory they can put on their desk. Something "Americany". A present like that is usually useless but I believe they will like it!
Hope to see you soon!

Matto on

I asked a friend who actually is a Chinese English teacher. She said:

"Refer to the gifts, something that can repesent your culture are good. But it all depends. When I was in the university, the teachersfrom foreign countries would bring some candies to us, just as lolipop, chocolate or other small sweets, though I think it's too childish, but they did treat us as children in the kindergarden... so your friends should make a plan for what kinds gifts to what kinds of person. Anyway, is there anything like a small decoration or accessory can present peace or happiness in the US? And make sure that they are without a "made in China" lable. I used to get a toy from my friend. She gave me a rabbit toy from UK, but it was made in China. So what city do your friend want to stay in China? Will they teach while they are traveling?"

bromium on


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