We were privileged to be invited to lunch with a local family. Coffee (second from the right) is a college student in Yancheng, but her hometown is Suzhou. She graciously invited us for "dumplings". When we arrived, she and her mother had prepared a full banquet spread! It was a great occasion for her parents as well, as this was the first time they had met foreigners and had them in their home. We were all very honoured, and mindful that this was a moment to cherish. Not to mention the challenge presented by three extra mouths to feed! The meal came to a close after the ceremonial grinding of fresh coffee, by no less than Coffee herself!
#9 Teaching at Taizhou Teachers College-Sensational Suzhou May 15th 2006 Suzhou is one of China's ancient water towns, and is probably Jiangsu's major tourist attraction. It is famous for its classical gardens, silk, freshwater pearls and beautiful women! In recent times, Suzhou is a popular alternative to Shanghai for international companies investing in hi-tech and light industrial manufacturing. It is about 21/2 hrs from Taizhou by bus, and only an hour by train fro ... read more
Asia » China » Jiangsu » Suzhou For centuries China stood as a leading civilization, outpacing the rest of the world in the arts and sciences, but in the 19th and early 20th centuries, the country was beset by civil unrest, major famines, military defeats, and foreign occupation. A... ... read more
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