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School, Weekend away to Xian, movie nights and sore bums!

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Sorry for the radio silence recently!

Forgive me! It has been 10 days since my last blog entry!

School has been occupying my time, planning lessons, marking work, reprimanding children who don't do my homework; the usual!

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The school had an opening ceremony for their sports meet last week, and all of the classes made a sign for their class and marched around the running track, it was great, they looked so smart!

This is mine and Michelle's classes together as they form Year 1!

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So proud!

They're obsessed with Gangnam Style here, so when one of the other classes was going around the track with their class sign, they stopped in front of us (we were on like a judges panel in the bandstand bit of the seating block!) and when the music started for Gangnam Style, everyone went crazy whilst this one class did the dance!

They love dancing here, it's crazy!

They also love things with poor or incorrect English on them...

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Some of them walk around in T-shirts with sentences on them that make no sense, and is probably not what they want to be walking around advertising!

They love foreigners too, everyone says hi to you, whether they're your student or not, and people ask to take pictures of you most of the time as well, whilst doing the peace sign obviously!!

We had Friday off due to the sports meet, so we hopped on the train and went to Xian:

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Where we found....... A SUBWAY!!

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Which the boys particularly enjoyed!

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Then we went to our hostel for the weekend, the inside looked like the outside, and Matt couldn't help but dance down the corridor!

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Out in Xian...

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Then I used this little beauty to get around the City Wall of Xian (the blueish square surrounding the middle of the city on the map), whilst everyone else suffered the wrath of the Tandems! Lets just say after 14ish miles worth of cycling (with rests every now and again), our bums were more than a bit sore!

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So Mish and I went to get our nails did! (This is deliberately incorrect grammar, so shh!)
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And after another Subway(!) and some shopping (and bartering!) we got the train home and panicked about having nothing planned for Monday's lessons!

Whoops!

As an incentive, and because I won't need all of my pay check each month to live on,
I've changed the names of my savings accounts to help me save money for next year :D
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So friggin' excited!

Posted by Lady Mantle 21:40 Archived in China Tagged xian school hostel subway cycling teaching carbs city_wall sore_bum Comments (7)

Arrival at new home, Chinese school and new friends

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So I have finally arrived in Xinxiang!

Been super busy so haven't had time to update anything on here yet!

It's currently 00:19 and I don't have school tomorrow so don't need to worry about getting up early, which is nice.

I can't really sleep anyway as I'm still sick and the beds are so hard it's like sleeping on a park bench! :(
I think the aircon, the air pollution, and just the fact that everything is so dusty here, really isn't help me get any better, but just have to carry on!

The apartment is great, big living room and spacious kitchen - will upload pics when I take them!
We've got good sized rooms and a spare room for any crap we have no where to put!
I've emptied my suitcase and done my washing and I even managed to put the TV menu into English so wins all round!
We (Michelle and I!) live opposite the other English guys on the 5th floor of our apartment block.
From the outside it looks horrendous and the stairwell is dusty as sin, but inside everything is peachy.
At least it is now, as Michelle and I went to the supermarket and bought cleaning products and went to town on this place!
The guys say it smells clean and girly, which I hope and presume is a good thing!
It inspired them to tidy their own places so I guess it must be good!

We've got a massive sofa and a 42 inch flatscreen TV so movie nights tend to happen a lot - today after Michelle's class we snuggled up on the sofa under a blanket and watched Monster's Inc. with Ricky, one of the other English teachers and another homo to add to my ever expanding collection!

Still haven't met the class yet as Michelle and I are splitting them at the minute and she's has them for the first half of the week and I have them for the second half :)

We've been hard at the books today though, planning lessons and schedules for the students, just need to get everything down on paper and put some work sheets together - they're not the brightest bunch so everything is pretty simple at this point, it's just the case of trying to get some kind of structure together.

We were judges at the talent contest put on by the students this evening, and Ricky even got coersed into getting up in front of everyone to perform the dance to Gangnam Style! It was priceless and luckily Matt filmed it on his phone so we have a treasured memory of the moment for the future!

Everything is just a bit bare in here at the minute so need to put some personal homeliness into the place but it's already feeling very much like home and we have our multitude of overpriced tea on the now clean counter by the kettle!

Lesson planning tomorrow then another movie afternoon with Michelle when she gets back from school!

Ahh the life of foreign teachers who only have 10 hours teaching time a week at the minute!

When there's more to tell, you'll be the first to know!

Night all xxx

Posted by Lady Mantle 09:18 Archived in China Tagged work school chinese_students teachers foreigners tefl Comments (3)

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