There are poodles everywhere.
Trip Start Aug 02, 2012
12Trip End Aug 02, 2013
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The last week my fellow teachers and I had "Practicum" where we had to prepare lesson plans and teach classes to actual students. I ended up with primary students, who were anywhere from 8 to 12 years old. The kids were adorable, SO adorable. They knew English but the levels ranged. Ultimately they were very enthusiastic and obedient and very well trained as far school goes. Teaching for my first time was hard, we were observed/reviewed by our peers and field staff which made it a bit nerve racking but also very informative on what we need to work for our upcoming year of teaching. I have a new found respect for teachers. It is not an easy job. I realize too that this year (as it has already proven to be) is going to be very trying. But I mean that in a positive way. I am being challenged in every aspect of life right now, it is exhausting but also shows me that I can do anything I put my mind to.
Some funny things to note:
~Everyone in China has poodles, they are totally the designer dog here, I have never seen so many poodles in one place in my whole life.
~ Females in Changsha wear heels, high heels, I am talking 5 inch heels, and dresses. They wear these no matter the occasion, this is casual wear, lounge wear, traveling wear...etc. I don't know how they do it, but they stroll down the crowded, dangerous streets effortlessly.
~Babies rarely wear diapers here. If they have to "go" mom or dad holds them over the gutter and they just go. A lot of the time you'll see the whole family standing around watching as if it were something very entertaining. I suppose that could be considered green or renewable or conserving since they are cutting out throwing away multiple diapers a day. Just watch where you step!
~I got one of my first real full-body massages ever today. It was a hilarious experience. I went with 4 other girls from World Teach.No one spoke English, it hurt really bad but really good at the same time. It was a man and he spoke like three words of English and would just laugh when I howled in pain. I would say "oh my god" when it hurt and then he would say: with a Chinese accent "oh my god" immediately after and laugh. We also had to wear these silly mis-match Chinese pajamas
~ I had a young man sing a medley of Lady Gaga songs to me yesterday, he could barely speak English but he sure knew his Lady Gaga. He asked me If I like Chinese boys, I had to tell him I had a boyfriend, he said that made him sad, he told me I was beautiful, hugged me and ran off. (nothing out of the ordinary in China)
Life is just different in Changsha. Nothing seems to be really pressing, there are few social rules ( which gets frustrating) but ultimately everyone seems to be relaxed about most things. People hangout outside and play games on their stoops, lots of people exercise and play sports, food is fairly simple, there is lots of local businesses. It is very interesting.
More to come soon!