We know this list will grow in time, especially as we grow weary of our new surroundings (as all expats do at some point or another), but here is the first installment of things we miss. (See previous entry on things we don’t miss.) The Internet – sigh. This one we’re learning to live with.… Continue reading Things we do miss
Here is the beginning of a list that will surely grow as time goes on. Later I’ll be posting a list of things we DO miss. Ridiculous obsessions with holiday seasons that are arbitrary and not necessarily culturally relevant, interesting, or meaningful (see: Halloween) – There are some Halloween items on shelves in stores here, but… Continue reading Things we don’t miss
Today we finally let ourselves shop at the European grocery stores in Suzhou, which are notably more expensive but have products we recognize (and really miss!).
Then 4:30 rolled around and the two security guards rolled that big metal grate down over the doors. I realized that I was trapped inside and that, perhaps, the obstacle was as much to keep me in as it was to keep me out the day before.
Today I wanted to hit things, stomp my feet, and scream. Instead I cried.
When I got to the checkout, though, I didn’t have enough cash for the items I chose. I tried using my American credit card (which is readily accepted at Sam’s Club and IKEA), but they don’t take it at Wal-Mart. (Go figure.)
I was mortified.
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