OK, so I haven’t had a chance to blog at all because I have been busy learning how to do lesson plans and teaching Grades 3-8 in this huge public school in Jiaxing, China. Internet access to western sites is erratic at best, so I don’t know how long I will be able to connect with my blog before being disconnected.
So far my China experience has been awesome. The people have treated me so well here. I have the support of all the teachers even though they know I have never taught before. I am learning like crazy and while the first day or so was absolutely a pressure-cooker, I think I have gotten a handle on this teaching thing.
The food here is amazing. It is far better than western food because it isn’t so processed. The pork you buy from the butcher (if you want to call a roadside thing set up a butcher), is better, the peanuts are absolutely amazing, and generally, while you don’t always know exactly what you are eating, it tastes good. The only bad food experience I had was in the school cafeteria. I choose something that looked good, and it was chicken! OK, I can eat that, until I saw the chicken foot poking out of the mass of food. The visual thing was too much. I couldn’t touch it. I think I have eaten rabbit.
The first week was a little adjustment to my intestinal system but I am ok now. The toilets are different but apparently that is the healthy way to go . . . if you know what I mean. I have kept up with my novel, which I hope to finally detail out when I get back to Canada. OH, and things are cheap, cheap, cheap, here! That’s always a good thing. The students work hard, as do the teachers.