Nanxi - Monday, April 26
Trip Start Apr 17, 2010
80Trip End Jul 02, 2010
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We then went to our offices
As we walked to lunch, students would call to us, "Hello!" "How are you doing?" and other greetings. Mr. Orsulak even got a "Hello, Mr. O!" After we ate, Frank brought us back to the hotel to rest. He also gave us cellphones to use here to stay in contact locally with the teachers in Nanxi.
The biggest surprise of the day happened when we got back to our rooms. Brand new clothes washers were installed in our bathrooms! It will be a little cozy in the shower, but we are glad to be able to wash our clothes. However, in Nanxi, people don't use clothes dryers. Instead, they hang clothes outside to dry on the patios or balconies. We are going to have to be creative since we don't have a patio or balcony. Tomorrow, we will look for drying racks to have in our rooms.
After supper (hard to describe, but good!), we walked through the courtyard of the school, where students were hanging out or playing basketball, with popular music playing over loudspeakers throughout the campus. We received many polite stares and hellos. At 7:45 p.m., we gave our lecture/powerpoint to the faculty meeting. They have a very different teaching schedule in Nanxi. Teachers report around 7:00 a.m. and work until 9:30-10:00 p.m. There is a 2 1/2 hour break for lunch and rest. Teachers are busy otherwise, teaching, planning, or coaching students. Luckily, we will not have to work those hours.
Tomorrow, we start teaching at the Experimental Junior High School. We will introduce ourselves and share with them about our lives.