One third of the way!
Trip Start May 05, 2012
54Trip End Mar 01, 2013
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What I did
Last week was rather uneventful and hence the lack of blog updates.
On Monday I decided to go for a walk to get out of the house and see what I could see. I ended up at the People's Park which was about a 30min walk away. It was really beautiful - by China standards - and was almost a surreal find as it is tucked away between skyscrapers and seriously busy roads! See the pics for a a visual description of the park.
After Chinese class on Tuesday we both went for a walk in the opposite direction toward the river and the massive Tianjin World Financial Centre Tower
Our classes this weekend went really well for both of us. Being the last weekend of the month means that we get to teach science to our math classes instead of ... math. I had one class where I was trying to teach the phases of the moon and ended up using the projector, a mirror and two "volunteers" to get the message across.
In my other class I was teaching the food chain in the wild and how the food chain/circle of life works. I managed to incorporate a good 10min of The Lion King into my class as well as spend a solid 15min talking about poop - the kids loved it! By the end we had a cycle of nutrients flowing from the soil, to the grass, to herbivores, on to carnivores and finally back to the soil in the form of poop
Our Mandarin classes are ticking along very well too. We sat a practice test for HSK Level One on thursday and both managed to pass it without having done any revision - we didn't know we were going to have the test until we got to class that morning. HSK is a standardised compentency test of Mandarin for foreigners and is done by the Chinese govt. We are hoping to get HSK Level Two by the time we leave (it goes up to Level Six which is SUPER hard) and seem to be on a pretty good track for that at the moment.
The first third of our adventure in China is already through but we still have a lot more adventuring to do before we leave the Red Land.