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Adventures of an Aussie English Teacher - Week 5

Updated on March 31, 2010
The rock formations at Houshan.  It was a former quarry.
The rock formations at Houshan. It was a former quarry.

Life is busy

Thursdays is my big day with 6 lessons in the day. It also means walking to the school (1 km) up the stairs to the 5th floor, and back 1 km to my apartment for lunch break, and then back to the school, and up to the 4th and 5th floor in the afternoon. And teaching.

It can be tirng, but since I only have one class on Tuesdays and two on Wednesdays, I'm not complaining. Fridays I have 3 classes only in the morning.

I've had a chat with the Deputy Director this week - some of us were asked to make comments that will help the college in its planning for next year, especially as some of the college will be on a new campus. New accomodation for the foreign teachers is included in the plan.

One of the issues that bothers foreign teachers here is the lack of information in English. And the mis information. Only a few weeks ago we were given a booklet when we arrived here, which gae the bus routes for two buses. I remember Bus No 2, and I recall its destination well from 2 years ago. I used if often, and we have used it often.

One day we decided to go to the city centre, near the railway station, which was the destination of No 2 bus. When it did not turn into the street near the station but sailed on into a different direction we were aghast.

When it eventually stopped, in territory that was most unfamiliar to us, we walked back to the station (about 2 kms), and later we found out that the change of bus route happened some time ago. No one thought to update the material given to us weeks ago. Luckily we weren't on our way to the station with luggage - which I've done before!!!!

The foreign teachers have been asked to participate in a "Cultural Festival" tomorrow. But at this point we don't know what we will have to do. Thankfully it will not be performing.

We had two outings over the weekend one Houshan, and the other to Jinghu Park. The opportunities to see the tourist places are wonderful, and like on Sunday it did not cost me a cent. I don't know who paid. The school maybe? I never say anybody pay for anything - even at the restaurant.

I've written about the events of the last week. In fact I've written extra posts.

This week end my friend and I will board a bus on Friday afternoon on the first part of our journey to Beijing. Awesome.

Posts for the last week.


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      peter petterson 7 years ago

      Catching up slowly with your posts, Di


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      World-Traveler 7 years ago from USA

      You are in a very fortunate position. There is a big difference between the varying forms of employment for English teachers and types of employment can correspond directly to the quality of the work conditions.

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      Gener Geminiano 7 years ago from Land of Salt, Philippines

      Great adventure you have here, I bet you enjoyed your stay there at China ha...

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      Di 7 years ago from Brisbane, Queensland, Australia.

      Thank you World-Traveler. I enjoy me Tuesdays and Wednesdays. Only working 45 minutes on Tuesdays, and 90 minutes on Wednesdays, though Tuesdays I have to teach at Keqaio in the evening.

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      World-Traveler 7 years ago from USA

      I remember, morning classes, then a nice break and then back for afternoon or evening classes, or both! A great adventure, and again your photos are great!

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      Di 7 years ago from Brisbane, Queensland, Australia.

      I will, I will, I promise. Every day is adventure, with heaps to write about. Not enough time though sometimes. Thanks for reading.

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      gramarye 7 years ago from Adelaide - Australia

      That picture is awesome. I'm enjoying reading about your adventures - keep it up!