Just an update
Trip Start Aug 23, 2010
39Trip End Jul 15, 2011
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Hard to believe it has been 1 month since I posted anything on here, but it appears that is how long it has been. It's been a pretty hectic month, which actually has included a trip to Suzhou and Shanghai, but I have already posted so many pictures from there, I decided not to add any more this time.
Since the last time I wrote on here we went to Suzhou for Halloween. That was a pretty good time. I went as an angel with wings and everything (ironic?) and attended a house party with some of Simon's work buddies. It was a good time. Of note was when the bobbing for apples container (a plastic tub of about 50 litres of water broke mid-bob and flooded the entire living room floor of the dudes apartment
We also just recently had a long weekend because of "exam week" which I will get too later. Myself and a couple friends from work shot up to Shanghai and stayed with some friends up there. Didn't actually do a whole lot there however, just hung out mostly. We did go to the Shanghai Science and Technology Museum which was a pretty cool place. Basically it is a gigantic museum with different exhibits, such as "Robot World", "Animal World", "Space World" etc........all sorts of worlds in there.
As far as life in Wenzhou goes, it's been a bit of a drag lately. Lots of nonsense to deal with at school these days. Just yesterday we started our 4th, yes FOURTH timetable of the year..so every time you get comfortable with your schedule, it seems to get completely switched around on us.....and the changes usually make things worse. I was actually happy as it appeared my new schedule would be better for a change, buuuuuut then last minute (2 days ago) they totally changed it up again. Mostly due to changes made by a certain Chinese administrator. For example, on Wednesdays I teach from 8-9:30 am, then don't have another class until 3:30 until 5:15......what kind of a day is that???? You might think, oh, no big deal, just go home for 6 hours between classes
Also, this week is extra stressful because we have this lady from the Cairo Egypt Canadian school here observing us for our professional development (helping us find new ESL teaching strategies)....ALSO the Chinese VP has been visiting our classrooms watching us teach.....ALSO the school accreditation inspection is this Thursday/Friday which means we will all be getting observed for that also. sheesh, leave me alone already!!
Exam week was last week which is an entire week without classes and just midterm exams. That means make exams, and mark exams all week. For me, I have 4 courses with exams, so I had to make 4 different exams, then mark 150 exams. No fun. I also share those courses with other teachers so I had to coordinate common tests with other teachers for all 4 tests....and lots of attending meetings for both Science and Humanities departments later. Feelin just a liiiiittle bit bogged down these days.
In better news, long weekend for Christmas is coming up very soon, and for that we will be flying down to Macao which should be really cool
Anyway, hope you are all doing well. Will write more as it happens.