er, san, yi, er, san..... That's the sound that greets me most mornings;
the sound of students doing morning exercises. Fortunately for me
teachers are exempt! It's the kind of sound that always reminds
me what a different country, culture and situation I find myself
in. Each day brings rewards and challenges; I have to admit the
students are great and have made the time fly. I have more memories
than I can carry in my suitcase home.
I've been in China for 9 months and have settled into a routine;
I teach for about 20 hours a week; eating, shopping, travelling
and spending time with friends is what I do with the rest of my
time. Today I had class until 10:40 and at lunch time I'm meeting
some students, we're going to a local restaurant (I've found plenty
of local dishes I enjoy- to the surprise of myself and my family
at home) and this afternoon? Who knows, I'll see what comes my way!
What I've found is that China has a way of surprising you, especially
when you think you have it all sussed out…