A Warm Welcome to Beijing

“Yesterday I had a practically perfect first day in Beijing!
I have been teaching online and the company is based in Beijing so I taught an in person class with only seven lovely students.
After one of my favorite regular students and his parents showed me around Beijing and took me to dinner. I tried delicious Chinese food, the local soda, and even chicken feet.
My student’s English level is extremely high (better than lots of adults!!) and he is the best and youngest translator and tour guide around! I’m so happy I had such an unique opportunity to meet him.”

I am so happy that they drove me around even though I was exhausted because I never really got another opportunity to see them.

Flowers from the company. I love peonies!
As a solo traveler I rarely get full body shots but my student took one for me!
The translation is something like “Tiny and Shiny Tower”


The National Theater
Beijing’s local soda
Chicken feet. I didn’t like the sauce but my student LOVED them.

The Sixteenth Time is a Charm

I teach sixteen classes a week. The same exact lesson sixteen times in the span of five days. So by the end of the week I have figured out all the bumps and lumps. Most of the time that is. As theatre teacher now teaching English as a Second Language it sometimes feels like I really don’t know what I am doing. And sometimes I really don’t know what I am doing.

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The post about Teaching.

When I was moving to China my tutor would ask me, “Are you moving to China to teach English or are you moving to China to learn Mandarin?” I would optimistically say, “Both!” But after three months I can now say my focus is on teaching (and finding really cheap and delicious food…).

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