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.
For the Chinese National Day (October 1st) and the week-long Mid Autumn festival, we decided to do a bit of travelling to the Badain Jaran desert. This story begins as all great ones do, in World Beer. One of our colleagues and friends was leaving after almost 2 years as Academic Coordinator. He was a … More Mid-Autumn Festival: Badain Jaran desert and Inner Mongolia
… we have been a little lazy. But it has been a while and, you know us, we have been on one or two adventures in between. So I’ll try to squash a few weeks into one blog… hopefully we have been idle enough for it not to be too long. Our journey starts … More Since we last wrote…
I apologise for the lateness of our blog… the last time we spoke we were in the throws of teaching an extra class every day, plus one on our weekend. That was all very busy, but also very good, and two weeks later I miss my “Summer Course Students”. I ask myself why, because … More Summer Course and our Summer Holiday
As I mentioned in our last blog, our workload has increased a little with it being the summer holidays here in China. What better to do with all this free time, than come to extra classes, run by many of the private schools here in China! Our extra classes are off curriculum, though they all … More Summer Course
I can’t believe the last time we wrote a blog it was about the dragon boating – it seems so long ago! July already and we are in the beginnings of the summer here; the days begin at 30 degrees Celsius (plus) and they continue to warm right up to almost 40, a big thunderstorm … More Where we are… teaching and otherwise