Holidays away from home.
What to expect on your podium when teaching in the nursing department. #china #peacecorps
#leshan #peacecorpschina #peacecorps
Stew in the rice cooker
Mount Emei, Sichuan, China
A little granola never hurt anybody… unless you eat the entire thing.
So for those who know (not many because it was embarrassing), I hosted the first English corner at my school last Wednesday at 7:30PM. All of my students sounded gung-ho about it, but when 7:30PM rolled around, and then 7:45, and then 8:00, and then 8:30, it was a no call no show. None of my students showed up and I had no idea why. So as I was leaving the empty and dark teaching building, I find all of my students practicing their singing outside - turns out they had mandatory practice for a competition the next day and forgot to tell me.
So today was the official official first English corner. At first I was worried that no one would show again, so I brought all of my necessities to lesson plan if I were going to be on my own. On my way to campus I ran into a few Thai exchange students who decided to come with me. Around 7:25PM, one person showed up, and soon, my room filled up with students. There were so many students packed into the room that I had to speak from standing on top of my desk. It was awesome. The students got to see a different side of their teacher, and I got to see a different side of them outside of class.
I also had to take a bunch of pictures with students who have me as their first foreign teacher - which is WEIRD because no one has ever asked me to take a picture with them before. I guess this is my one shot at being a celebrity.
Dang, what a good night.
Sunday Funday #China (at 四川省乐山市市中区)
A week of great weather in Leshan, China.
National Holiday really means stay at home and cook all week.
In a few days, it’ll be 3 months in China. How time flies, and how it sometimes doesn’t. So I guess it’s just normal.
Things are starting to fall into routine. I begin my day with coffee, NPR podcast, and a follow-up on what’s new from yesterday on the news. Then I go to class. This past Thursday was the first time in my life where I’ve experienced a full-time 9-5 ish day. I had class from 8:20AM-11:50AM. Office hours from 12:00PM-2:00PM, and then class from 2:00PM-5:10PM. It was exhausting, but it ended on a fabulous note, with some homemade cooking and buckwheat tea.
I spent Mid-Autumn Festival in Chengdu. It was a weekend filled with girl talk with my host mom and an overload of western food. Burgers on Wednesday, pizza on Friday and Saturday. It was an excellent opportunity for me to get to know some of the 18s, who have truly been a phenomenal example of how PCVs should be. From even before the 19s came to China, they were setting the tone for how things would be in China.
This week was filled with my official schedule of classes. I will be teaching Western Culture to a total of 497 students split into 10 classes of 1st and 2nd year nursing students. It is going to be nuts! Though it’s only week 3 for some and week 1 for the rest, I can feel my students slowly warming up. My goal for this term is to get my students to awaken my office/English resource room.
Cooking has been a hassle because it’s a chain of events. However, with so much time on my hands and an abundance of fresh vegetables, I can’t help but dabble in the kitchen. Though I am incredibly lazy, cooking has always been a love of mine, and I’m pretty happy so far with my outcomes. But here are some hassles:
1. There is dust everywhere in my apartment everyday - no matter how much I clean. My in house slippers are always dirty.
2. When I cook in the kitchen, I drop water onto the floor, and then I step on the water spots, and then I leave dirty foot prints everywhere. This is a huge annoyance of mine. Therefore I need to wipe the floor constantly after I clean.
3. I need to wash this kitchen down every time after I cook. I fear for unwanted guests, therefore this place needs to be spotless. This results to me meal prepping about once a week.
I’m still pretty lazy when it comes to cooking, also because I can eat the same thing every single day and never get sick of it.
Lately I’ve been testing out adding flour into my cooking festivities, and it’s been awesome! Though I really hate cleaning, I now have a huge block of cookie dough in my refrigerator for cookies and enough food to last me for 2 more days before National Holiday begins!
Watching Kings of Summer while I prep my cookie mix
is that butter
no it’s stonehenge
I can’t believe it’s not butter
The fact that I laughed at this should probably indicate something.
I’m upset because this much butter is worth about 600RMB here in China.
"嗨， 心肝宝贝！“ How my dad talks to me through Skype.