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The first week

our apartment and starting to get things organized.

30 °C

It was amazing not waking up in a hotel. We could have whatever breakfast we wanted. We found the chinese version of coco pops, they like big balls not little rice crispy type. We could also cook and clean things just as we use to doing.
I got to go to see the school, It is about 30 mins drive from where we live in a bus, when we arrived at the school, it is huge, as big or maybe even bigger than our universities in South Africa, crazy. Some parts of it are still being built, so lots of buildings were incomplete but still looked very nice. Met some foreign and Chinese teachers we would be working with and training would begin this week. This week would be interesting as we would find out what and where we would be teaching. The programs where explained and how things would work, we had to put together supply lists of things we need for our classroom.
One of the days we went for a lunch with all the teachers and Rox came too, it was great for she got to meet everyone. We had Chinese for lunch where we all shared many dishes, was yummy. After lunch one of the directors walked with us and directed us towards the sort of dollar shop. It took us about half an hour to get there but it was a nice walk. We found the shop, it is huge, so we spent a while getting through it and bought a lot of things we could not originally get or that were so much cheaper, was fun. We walked home and tried to catch a random bus hoping we were lucky and it would get us close to home. Unlucky, the bus turned the wrong way. So we got off at the next stop but ended up walking the same distance back to the main road. The bus behind our bus was the right one, so unlucky. We ended up just walking home from there.

We finally got our internet up and running in our apartment after phone calls to Sharon and her help getting the people to understand what we wanted. This is going to be a big part of things to get use to over here. We don’t have very much choice of what we can watch here, our one and only english channel is CGTN, china global television network, it’s a great, interesting channel but getting over it now and its only been a few weeks… going to have to get a vpn and then we will be able to watch Netflix and use Goggle apps, stream sport etc, that’s our next mission.

Posted by chinaflyrox 03:32 Archived in China

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