Welcome from Cesky Budejovice, Czech Republic to Part 3 of my blog series on the wrap up of my final teaching semester at Taizhou Teachers College and Nanjing Normal University Taizhou College.
May was a month of great contrasts and an enormous emotional roller coaster for the people of China. The horrific earthquake that struck Sichuan Province on May 12 absolutely paralyzed a nation. Everyone w... Read Full Entry
This blog was started in 2006 when I embarked on a new life adventure teaching English in China. It was a wonderful, enriching and enlightening experience. Many of you came on this journey with me.
For those of you who are searching for more meaning and satisfaction in your life and feel that teaching languages overseas might fit the bill, I enthusiastically encourage you to take up the challenge as I did nine years ago. You will never regret it. In fact you will probably say "Why didn't I do this years ago?"
I then began a journal of my journey home to Australia- the long way round! U... full info
Olympic Torch Relay 19Hans was unhappy with our "viewpoint" so hunted out a better place in order to get a "birds eye view" of the relay. Unfortunately, the local policeman nearby was not amused and indicated that he should get down immediately. Begrudgingly, he did, only to find the locals scramble up in his place! Of course, the policeman did nothing. He was concerned with the possibility of a foreigner injuring themselves on his beat! Hans was really miffed!
English Corner at NNUTCSome of my English major students approached me to join them in an English Corner aimed at the freshman students. They did a great job and presented me with a giant Jing Jing- stuffed panda, one of the "fuwa" or Chinese "friendlies" for the Olympic games and "National Treasure" of China.
Cooking Lesson with DaphneI decided that it really was terrible that I had lived in China over 2 years and didn't know how to cook any of the myriad of specialties I had tasted during my stay. Daphne, who was in my class the previous semester was more than happy to give me a cooking lesson!
Cooking Lesson with DinaDina from my Business English class also offered to teach me to cook, this time Xuzhou cuisine from the North of Jiangsu. Her family has roots in Sichuan, so the food was somewhat spicier this time!