I love my China life. It’s true, I love my China life and I don’t care who knows it. You know that scene in Anchorman when Ron Burgundy doesn’t have a mountain from which to shout about his love for Veronica, but he does have a camera and a news crew? Well, I don’t have a mountain but I do have a blog, so you can go ahead and witness me gush about how much I love my China life.
In the 2 weeks that have passed since the first few days of classes I have figured out how to teach a room full of 60 kids with varying levels of success, unsuccessfully taught “The Ants Go Marching” to hundred of kindergartners, visited the village of Zhengding on a school publicity stunt/cultural outing (a TV camera crew followed the group of us foreign teachers as we were shuttled around the town of Zhengding), been visited by my close friend/sister Laine! who is studying in Beijing, been kicked out of a river by some fishermen, swam in a (possibly very polluted) lake in the middle of the night, sliced my toe open on a sharp rock in said lake, sliced the same toe open again on some broken class in a club, climbed a mountain in the rain with a group of Chinese English teachers and their kids, lounged at a rooftop spa sipping beer with a new friend, cooked a meal in my apartment, gone shopping and eating with my Chinese teacher, won a bunch of fake money at poker, attending a housewarming party, streamed college game day, and found my new favorite dumpling place. So yeah, I like who I am in China and I love my crazy, wonderful China life here in the Shiz.
Now that I’m settled in (more or less), I’ll try to do a better job of writing more specifically about what I do here. Any potential TEFL teachers or perspective AYCers, stay tuned for a “day in the life” post — one thing I really wished that I’d had before coming to China to teach was an account of a normal day for an English teacher in China. Because, like, look what I’ve written above? Clearly I’m enjoying myself, but wouldn’t it be nice to know EXACTLY what you’d be doing if you came here to teach? Yeah, I thought so. So stick with me and it’ll come.