Friday, 17 June 2011

The good side of teaching

The photo below shows one of the ways in which my time teaching wasn't all bad...! Wang Mei was one of my best students and she was completely adorable. If she wasn't actually as old as me I would feel much better about using 'adorable' to describe her, but there you go.


As you can see, my students were ever so slightly smaller than me even at University... 


But most definitely even smaller in the schools.



So to the end...



Teaching is over and people are departing Nanjing... above is a photo of our celebratory night out at all-you-can-eat-all-you-can-drink Teppanyaki restaurant last Saturday. It was a most fun night which led to much drunken dancing and a lot of pain the following day (or two). I actually can't really remember saying goodbye to most people, but maybe that's the nicest way to do it. I remember having a similar approach in Hong Kong at its big ending...

Iain however had to teach until today, and so we are a bit behind in the leaving trend. We are in fact now leaving on Monday rather than tonight as originally planned, and cutting out Chongqing as a result. The weather in Nanjing is currently so bad that any more time spent in a rainy, humid and polluted city would probably not be the best start to our trip anyway, so it is so long, farewell, etc to Chongqing... 

Instead we are heading directly for Chengdu and panda territory, so wish us luck. No real updates on the Tibetan areas blocked off, so fingers crossed for a bit of luck there too! I am still most excited about Xinjiang and the end of our trip and so cannot wait to get going. We are all packed and ready, I've had my goodbye dinner at SEU and Iain has said his adios to Nanwai... the time is nigh!

As we get started on our adventure we won't be able to get on any foreign websites, and so this (sparce and pretty lacking) blog will have to come to its end. See you all back in Europe on August 9th!! 

Tuesday, 7 June 2011

Nearly finished...

And after one year of teaching, what have I learnt?

I hate teaching.





Bye bye classroom!

 

Thursday, 2 June 2011

Erm...

Researching places to stay on our trip this summer....


Hmmmm.

In other (non-gay related) news, certain places on our route for this June have been closed off by paranoid Chinese authorities. We think it's related to a monk setting himself on fire in protest in a Tibetan area of Sichuan, as it is only in Sichuan province that any areas are closed off - Tibetan or not. So fingers crossed for Gansu and Xinjiang staying 100% open and free...