My fourth year at Wuchang Experimental Primary school is coming to a close.<span><span> At the moment I’m in the midst of yet another explosion of marking doom (as seems to be the story of my life this year in particular!).<span> Nonetheless, I’m glad to be signing on for another year, and that I don’t have to say goodbye to my students, even if I’ll have to say a lot of other goodbyes this year.<span> Quite a few teachers who have worked at the school for multiple years are on their way home, and in particular I’ll miss Dina and Shane.
I’m sitting right now at a Costa Coffee at a new, very Western style shopping center that popped up about a twenty minute walk from my school this year.<span> It’s amazing how much Wuhan has changed.<span> My first year going to a Western Style coffee chain was a special treat that could only be had after an epic journey to the other side of Wuchang.<span> Now they’re everywhere.<span> I also never ever used to see other foreigners around the area where I lived, unless they were one of my co-workers.<span> The addition of a Starbucks and a Walmart means suddenly seeing mysterious foreign people is an everyday occurrence.<span> The whole thing is very strange.<span> Aside from the rampant Westernization, there are all manner of new walls, statues, and monuments around the city.<span> I think if somebody from my first year working here were to come back, they’d be shocked at all the changes.<span> If I go away for ten years and then come back, I probably won’t recognize the city.
Some things haven’t changed.<span> The kids are still awesome, and the summer heat is a blistering as it ever was.<span> I’ll be doing another trip to Kunming this summer, starting from the first of July and going on to the 26th
of August.<span> Chinese study, as usual.<span> I’m going to focus on writing this time, since my reading and writing are so far behind my oral Chinese.
I’d better keep marking those tests.<span> Procrastination won’t make them go away.<span> Fire would, but I doubt the students would much appreciate that.
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