You have all opened this blog knowing that we have just had a week off work. You’re expecting that we went somewhere great and interesting, photographed beautiful scenery, steeped ourselves in an obscure local culture, and are about to write about how wise we’ve become. Truth be told, we’ve barely left our community (housing complex). … More An Adventure of a Different Kind
Avid readers of our blog will know that nine weeks of every year are spent teaching extra classes during the students two major public school holidays. Six of those are taught during their two month long summer break, and are what we have been spending our time doing for the last six weeks. The biggest … More Summer Course and Ping Tan
YongTai 永泰 and WuYiShan 武夷山. For those of you who don’t know, Callum and I have recently applied for, interviewed for, and received promotions within our company. Like every promotion it means a slight pay increase, and a large admin increase, but we have both embraced it with open arms and we are both thoroughly … More YongTai 永泰 and WuYiShan 武夷山.
Huangshan Last weekend we had the Chinese eqivalent of a Bank Holiday because of the Chinese National Tomb Sweeping day (where locals visits and clean the tombs of their ancestors), so we thought we’d spend it on Yellow Mountain (HuangShan黄山). No hangover this time, only sleep deprived, we awoke early on a Sunday and jumped … More Huangshan (Yellow mountain)
I apologise. We are a little behind on the blog front. Here is one about a few weekends ago. So this weekend we spent in the beautiful Shanghai. A Chinese friend of ours had never been, and was going with a friend of hers, so we thought we would gate crash their trip and improve … More Shanghai trip, number 7.
Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year Everyone! At risk of repeating myself, I will say that Christmas and Western New Year (January 1st) aren’t really celebrated here in China, And so, like last year, ours was quiet. Unlike last ears we didn’t eat steak in a swanky hotel in Shanghai, instead we visited a … More We Wish you a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year…
I apologise for the lack of blogs over the past few weeks. We have been hit with a nasty bout of Man-Flu and therefore have stayed in on weekends, playing video games and reading books, and aside from one outing to a newly opened Irish bar for a colleagues birthday, we really have been boring … More TaiMuShan and YuShan Island
We have been busy, So busy, infact, that the Chinese side of our branch decided that what we needed to relax was a comfortable afternoon on a beach playing silly party games. And so that’s what we did. We all turned up on the beach mildly surprised. It was beautiful. Situated between a large, 8 … More Callum makes some new friends…
Since we arrived we’ve heard countless times about an “abandoned German mall”, “You have to go and see it”, “there’s a secret door to the roof, if you find it, the view is incredible”. So off we set with visions of a post-apocalyptic China at the heart of FuZhou City. Pulling up in the taxi, … More Picnics, Abandoned Malls, and a Happy Birthday.
August and September are are recruitment season at York, both for students and teachers., so we (as a company) have had an influx of new teachers, some branches of our school housing more new teachers than old. Feeling like old hands now (unlike before when every new teacher surprised us) we were confident in our … More Shanghai, Halloween, and would you believe it, the end of our first year in China.