Friday, June 15, 2007

visiting Yunnan Agricultural University

I'm flying to Kunming tonight to check out Yunnan Agricultural University where I could teach next year, and I'll fly back here Monday night. Since I'm in the country, I figure I should take advantage of the opportunity and check out the place that I'm going to be living for a year instead of just going in blind like I did before. Depending on how it goes, I might go visit the other two schools I'm considering next weekend. I'll let you what it's like and maybe even have some pictures to share when I get back.

Tuesday, June 12, 2007

still doing alright

School's moving along smoothly with about a month left to go in the semester. Last week I gave a lecture to the English department about what the school could do to create a better language learning environment here on campus, but since only about 4 teachers attended, I doubt much will change.

I'm working on finalizing my arrangements for next semester. At the moment I have a good offer from a school in Shaoxing, a small city about 2 hours outside of Shanghai, and I'm waiting to hear more details from a couple of schools in Chengdu and Kunming. By the end of the week I should have enough information to make up my mind. The school in Shaoxing would be nice, but the local language spoken there differs significantly from Mandarin so I would probably have to practice mostly with students who are used to speaking Mandarin instead of people outside the school. I don't think that will really be a big issue, but it's reason enough to wait to see what the other schools have to offer me. I'll keep you posted on my decision.

Congratulations to all of you who have recently graduated - I wish I could have been there to celebrate with you.

Monday, June 11, 2007

birthday photos

For my birthday some of my students came over and we made dinner together.


They even got me a cake


which started a cake fight.




Quite a party for a 23-year-old.

daytrip photos

About three weeks ago I went on a daytrip with my bosses and Wayne, the other foreign teacher. We also went to walk up a mountain with waterfalls, but this time we took a tram most of the way up.


I saw this cool spiderweb and actually managed to photograph part of it.


The waterfall was pretty tall but not so voluminous.


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pared de agua

After lunch we went to Famen Si, a temple that houses a bone from the Buddha's finger.

Famen Si


torre del templo

Not a bad day of local tourism.