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谢迈克在中国 » 2007» August

谢迈克在中国

Mike Shecket Goes To China!

Got my teaching schedule!

August 31st, 2007

No classes on Monday!  How about that…pretty much a 3 day weekend every week.  Once in a while, they’ll rope us in to work on Saturday, and there’s a strong possibility we’ll be called upon to do English Corner Monday nights, but still, it’s very favorable.  I only have two classes before 10 AM all week, and Thursdays I don’t have class until 2:30.  Niiiice…this really does seem to be one of the best jobs you can get in all of China!

WOW.

August 30th, 2007

Okay, so I met this woman (and later her husband and his friend and the friend’s student) randomly on a bus to downtown Guiyang.

Here’s what they did for me:

  1. They helped me open a bank account, which was quite an arcane process that would otherwise have had no English assistance.
  2. They took me out to lunch. (We went to a “Western-style cuisine” restaurant, which had some interesting ideas about what Western food is like…but the most interesting part is that my new friends said that if they hadn’t met me, they might never have tried this food, or even ever tried eating with a fork, knife, and spoon!)
  3. They helped me buy a SIM card for my cell phone.
  4. When the phone didn’t work, they trotted me all over town looking for a place that would unlock my phone for me.
  5. They helped me find a place to buy some DVDs.
  6. They helped me catch a cab.
  7. They rode in the cab with me to make sure I got back okay.
  8. They paid for the cab ride!

Oh. My. Goodness. These people are friendly. I’m really beside myself. And they kept saying they were lucky to meet me! I owe them BIG TIME.

I’m excited to do some language exchange with the middle school English teacher, and I hope I get to meet the married couple’s two year old daughter.


Sorry, I got real tired. To make up for it, here’s the grand tour of my apartment here at the school (in two parts because it was too big for YouTube):

FLAVOR TANG!

August 27th, 2007

Multiple video updates!

August 25th, 2007

These take you from New York to the skies over Nunavut and Siberia and finally to Beijing!

I made it to Beijing!!!

August 25th, 2007

Observation #1: it’s a different country, not a different planet.  I didn’t realize that I was expecting things to be more radically different than they are (so far).  Then again, this is a major cosmopolitan world-type city.  Tomorrow I’ll get to Guiyang and maybe it will seem like Venus.

August 24th, 2007

Canceled!

August 23rd, 2007

My flight to New York got canceled, and thus of course I’m missing the flight to Beijing.  Sigh…this’ll delay me by a full day at least.


Flight to JFK’s delayed two hours due to a more or less systemwide ground delay there.  I’m hopeful that my Air China flight will be similarly delayed and I’ll be alright.  If not, hey!  I get to spend a night in New York City!  In the airport!  Yay…


I’m not really going that far because I live so much of my life on the Internet anyway.  If the connection there is half decent, I’ll be doing a lot of the same things I always do, just 12 hours later or earlier.

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