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Last weekend, food, next weekend and other things


I’ve just returned from the local supermarket, I had a food emergency. I had no food left! I was supposed to go food shopping yesterday, but I had too much planning to do for today’s lessons. I had an apple from yesterday’s lunch which I saved for breakfast. I should go have breakfast in the canteen once in awhile, but since I usually eat lunch and dinner there, I can’t bring myself to do it. I might go to the big supermarket on Thursday and get some new sheets for my bed. I’ve only used the ones that were left behind by the former intern, and without a washing machine I can’t even wash them. I think I need to talk to Mrs. Ying about this soon. I’m fearing the mosquitos too, I haven’t really noticed them much. I had one inmy room just now, it’s safe to say that they’re bigger than regular mosquitos back home. According to our contract we were supposed to be given mosquito nets. Let’s hope that happens.

This past weekend was Mark and Jeppe’s birthdays.On Friday we went out to eat a one of the (few) local restaurants here. We had bought them a cake and some gifts which they received at the restaurant. We made a big deal of fixing everything in our room (we always get a VIP room at this restaurant) while they were at the toilet. The waitresses got eager and started finding blindfolds etc. But we just told them to wait outside until we'd lit the candles and cleared the table. I had to go back to school while the others were in the restaurant to collect a key for my room. I had managed to lock myself out of my room earlier that day. I called one of the teachers when I noticed this, but she was having dinner at some wedding party with the person responsible for all the keys, so I had to wait for them to come back. I had to wait two hours. I took the schoolbus back and went over to the guard who's English abilities strecth as far as: “No English”. Luckily the teacher mentioned above, had given him my key so he understood right away when I tried to say my room number “qi ling ba” (708).

When I came back to the restaurant, we went to KTV. But we were only six and the room we got was far too big. Could probably fit twice as many people in there. We were still just 40 minutes from our school, so we returned to sleep in our rooms that night. Saturday we went to Futian district. We took two buses and subway to get there, it took about 1 ½ hours. We checked in at a hostel. We met up with the people from Dongguan, where I was supposed to be placed. It was nice, but strange to see them again after almost a month. We went out for dinner, we got some pretty spicy food! We stayed for awhile. It was nice to catch up with the others and hear how their placements are like. We got back to our hostel for the night. Sunday we slept in, for once! We tried to find the big electronic market which is supposedly in this area. But we were too hungry and food was more important. After lunch we started making our way back home. We said goodbye to two of the girls who went back to Dongguan and we went back to our school.

This weekend we're going to take the big school bus (the one students travel home in) to go to Dongguan. I can't wait to see what it's like there. We're leaving this afternoon as soon as people finish their classes and had lunch.

Now it's time for lunch, I still have a presentation to make. I'm using it on Monday. I just might have to finish it on Sunday, when we come back from Dongguan. I'm having “Animals” as my topic this week. This past week, I had “Travel 2.0” (I kept this topic for two weeks). I managed to end my lessons earlier this wee, I usually overplan. So we watched films in a couple of classes. The first class waved a DVD at me while I was teaching. I said we could watch it at the end of class, and keptmy promise. I figured out that it was “The Green Hornet”. I've never seen the film, but the title was in Spanish. They spoke English, but this was useless when you had Chinese subtitles and bad quality sound...

Time to go!

- Cecilie

Posted by ChinaSarah 20:40 Archived in China

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