Scrunchies and Sequence

Trip Start Jan 21, 2010
Trip End Jun 30, 2011

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Flag of China  , Zhejiang,
Sunday, June 27, 2010

Yesterday I went for lunch with one of the teachers at EF and went for a walk to the lake after.  It was a Saturday afternoon and the area was bursting at the seams with people out to enjoy a beautiful day and sunshine.  Well, sunshine is enjoyed a little bit differently.   Chinese bylaw must state somewhere that when there is sun, one must wear ridiculous reflective face shields and long shirts to make sure one's skin doesn't get any shade darker.  Pale skin is seen as most beautiful in China.  This is pretty funny b/c I work mostly with British teachers who are desperate to get a little sun, and would love to swap color with the local teachers. 

I'm getting into the groove of living in a big city, even catching on to the strange traffic laws, but love that there is nature so close.  West Lake and the tea fields are my haven. I can navigate pretty well on my two wheels and can almost say the name of my street correct.  Botanical gardens  are magnificent and manicured.  Beautiful tea houses, old bridges, and koi fish remind me that....yep....I'm in China! 

Settling into my apartment and permanent school on the East side.  I keep getting lost and finding myself again.  First night, I stood in the rain for 10 minutes waiting for a taxi (finally fed up with being lost) and for it to be the shortest taxi ride in history because I was a block away from my apartment.  I get a lot of laughs and odd stares in my neighborhood, but live in my own world assuming we are "laughing together".  Plus, now I don't have to feel bad when I point and stare at the ridiculous scrunchies and sequence fashion. 

My apartment is a block away from Tiesha River.  It's in a really ugly apartment building, but most everyone lives in apartment buildings that look used and abused so I don't feel so bad.  Inside, it's two bedrooms, small kitchen, and a TV room with LOADS of pirate DVDs.  "China loves to share" said my TEFL teacher when making copies of text books and CDs. 
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Tom Gilmore on

Hey Carly. Sounds like things are going well, except for a sense of direction, but just remember you are on the other side of the globe. Love your blog.

Karen B on

Yo Carly - just got caught up on your adventures. WOW - I am SO impressed! What an amazing 5 months you've enjoyed & now teaching........ glad you found your peace. We still miss you!

Angie on

Hi Carly!
I just checked up on your blog after wayyy too long of an abscence. I'm so glad that you're settling into your new home and work life. Sounds like you love it over there. Hope to keep in touch more!


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