School Life

When I came to Guangshan, I expected to be planning workshops, doing some urban gardening and having occasional events for underprivileged children. Well, for this kind of projects, things don’t always go as planned. (Look at me talking like I’m not doing this for the first time ever.) As it turns out, instead of doing all the above mentioned activities, I have been teaching. English. To kids. Who are really quite bad at English. And I don’t speak Chinese. You can imagine I wasn’t overly excited when I realized what they expected me to do.

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How I Came to China

Story time! Or rather, explanation time! Doesn’t sound quite as exciting though. For those who are reading this and don’t really know how I came to live in Henan for 5 months (and for those who may not know all the details), I want to outline the steps that lead me here. They’re not very complicated, but I thought it would be good to write them down.

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DaBie Shan View and a Lil’ Update

I didn’t feel like this photo fitted into yesterday’s post, but I still wanted to publish it, so here it is. View from DaBie Shan.

For the last week or so, I’ve been a little sick. No enough to prevent me from doing anything, but enough not to feel completely alright. Especially at night. Here’s to hoping posting this will help me get over it sooner?

26 Hours

My co-volunteer Sabina and I are currently in the process of moving to The Far East. We’ve been sitting in the Charles de Gaulle airport in Paris for about three and a half hours and still have about two to go. I ate a sandwich, two mini airline muffins, a piece of raw cucumber, and even a bite of raw pepper, which isn’t something I usually do voluntarily. I hiked around the terminal twice. During one of those I took the photo above.

I cried a lot today saying goodbye and I’m going to cry more, but I’m okay. After the initial 26 hours (which is how long our three flights and two layovers will take) this thing that I’m doing really begins and I am looking forward to it.

Aim of This Blog

I’ve had some form of blog since I was around 13 years old. I switched from a proper website (or at least a subdomain) to Tumblr some years ago, but it quickly devolved – most of my posts were reblogs. There’s nothing wrong with that and I like having a place for an amalgamation of things I enjoy (fandom, art and an occasional one line rant), but I have wanted to start writing my own longer posts again pretty much since I stopped.

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