It’s challenging, but I enjoy teaching five days a week and having more than 40 students total every day. I’ve never taught so frequently or to so many students, so this is all new. But I was ready for this. I may have been born for it. The toughest part of my day is now… Continue reading Adjusting to the job
There have been some unsung heroes of our move and efforts to settle down in China. I’d like to pay homage to these over-performing underdogs now: blue IKEA bags, Mr. Muscle, 64 yuan/10 dollar tool kit, the Glass Case of Emotion, and elbow grease.
We spent last night in our new place, which we worked to clean all week. It’s nice and we are out of the dirty, loud apartment from campus, but now we are facing new problems: The internet we’ve paid for is worthless. We get 1megabit/second when we paid for 100megabits/second. And that’s without a VPN.… Continue reading InterNOT
Cleaning a furnished apartment is really like cleaning someone else’s house. It’s strange because it feels intrusive but it isn’t and also it’s really hard to tell when enough is enough.
It wasn’t easy, but we survived Chinese Ikea. We enjoyed Swedish meatballs and lingonberry beverage, yes, but the end game here quickly went from getting home furnishings to just making it out alive.
What is the strangest thing you’ve ever woken up to? The sound of cats screaming at each other. The sound of basketballs drumming outside your window. The scent of food that doesn’t smell edible. The sound of loud music in a language you don’t understand. All of the above. If you answered “all of the ∞
It’s clicking now that I really do live here. There have been a few moments when I’ve wondered aloud what I’m doing, but in honesty I am so glad to be here.