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24th June 2013

Nap time!
Make up days sound awful, but nap time is a genius idea...we wonder whether this improves productivity in the post lunch haze?! An excellent idea that the rest of the world should implement.
24th June 2013

Siesta!
At work here in Shanghai, they provide me with a hotel style room with beds, shower, TV and internet. It is even written into my contract that this room is for rest during lunch hours. Oh and btw, next October we have to work eight 'make up' days before Golden Week...makes me want to take a nap just thinking about it!
24th June 2013

8??
How long is your Golden Week? I only ever got 7 days off with a make-up of 4.
23rd June 2013

Good
I like this blog
24th June 2013

:)
Thanks!
21st June 2013

Not too crowded
I was surprised to see that the subway and landings weren't as crowded as those in London.
24th June 2013

Crowded?
It's hard to tell from the photo, but I could barely get into my bag to get my camera out. Sure I didn't have anyone literally on my foot (which has happened), but it's crowded. Trust me.
21st June 2013

Agree. Great mass transit
We remember how great the public transit (bus and subway) was in Shenzhen when we visited and how seemingly easy it was to get around. Hope Bangkok is just as good. American cities seem to be slowly learning the lessons the Chinese have already figured out re: how to operate a successful public transit system.
21st June 2013

Love to learn more about tea
A fascinating culture. We've enjoyed following you.
21st June 2013

Great perspective
Sorry to hear your time is coming to an end. What's next?
22nd June 2013

Next
Bangkok!
17th June 2013

Beautiful!
"Parting is such sweet sorrow."
From Blog: The Memory Album
16th June 2013

Congratulations
Kris, We are so proud of your accomplishments in China and the connection with your students and the culture. We know that you will do as well and better in your new position. We continue to learn and enjoy your blogs. Good luck. AC & UB
16th June 2013

:)
Thank you, Aunt Caroline!
10th June 2013

WOW!!! how exciting~!!
Kris -- Wow and Congratulations on your new wonderful adventure. I am looking forward to hearing all about Thailand and your new position there. I've so enjoyed your posts from China and now we get to explore another region with you. -- Hugs Sweetie and safe travels! Vicki
4th June 2013

Thank you, and good luck
Hi Kris, I wish you the best of luck with your big move. And thank you for writing this blog for the past five years. I’ve been teaching in Zhuhai since August, and your blog has been one of my major sources of information about living and working in China, covering everything from Jusco to the 10,000 Buddhas Monastery in Hong Kong (which definitely has to be seen to be believed). I look forward to reading your final thoughts about China...
4th June 2013

Thanks!
Thanks, Seth. I've got a few things in the works. I've loved my time here and I'm really glad I can look back on it all and feel good about it. I know a few ppl who weren't so lucky and left feeling sour and burned out. I hope you keep reading. Please feel free to contact me if you have any questions while in China--I'm happy to help!
3rd June 2013

When we were in Beijing in Jan., on a Sat. early morning (8:15) and were walking through a park where people were exercising, playing games, dancing etc, we came across a large group of people who were singing. It sounded like Chinese opera with instruments. They had music sheets they were using. There was a conductor. There may have been 100 people. Our group of 20+ were trying to move forward to see everything and then a Chinese lady motioned to me and another lady to come with her. So as our guide said "Go" we did. Soon we were holding hands with Chinese ladies and marching/strolling around in the circle. Still not knowing what was going to happen! Then they switched to singing American folk songs and we joined in. More and more Chinese came into the circle and took our hands. Much smiling!! More men joined us. Lots of hugs as they joined the circle and we Danced! Too soon it was over. It was my best and moving experience in China. Now - the band music. There were violins, saxophones and maybe other instruments. Maybe 5 instruments. But because it was sooo cold one man playing a sax had his sax wrapped in a flannel blanket or sack. We have a picture of him. It was awesome and very memorable.
4th June 2013

Wow!
I am so happy to hear you had such a personal experience when you visited. It's moments like those that mean the most and make the traveling so special. It sounds amazing--I must see your pictures!
3rd June 2013

So you didn't move to Hong Kong, but the Bangkok instead!
My son Will, who taught English in Bangkok last year, then traveled the Silk Road and the Baltics with me in March/April, ending up in Rome, couldn't find a job there for the summer. So he returned to Bangkok on 24 May, had several job interviews immediately, and started teaching again at a private language school on 2 June. He will return to Europe on 21 September to attend law school. Hopefully, you will find a job just as quickly. You should also try a private language school as the public schools started their year in early May. Private schools also pay more!
3rd June 2013

Great advice!
Thanks for the info. I've read much of the same online and heard rumors to the same effect, but it's always nice to hear from someone who has first-hand experience!
25th May 2013

This was great. I can't get enough of these stories.
25th May 2013

Thanks!
I really enjoyed hearing all 235 of them and scrawling notes on my favorites. Hopefully I can do this again sometime!
9th May 2013

Sounds fabulous!!
This all sounds fabulous. My mouth is watering and I just finished dinner. Reminds us of when we were at the Empress Hotel in Victoria, BC and walked across the lobby from the library to the dining room for one very elegant dinner. Experience of a lifetime!

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