Tuesday, February 13, 2007

A teachers vacation in China

A teacher may only teach 14-20 hours a week in class, but anyone who has taught knows that usually will be a 40 hour week. As an independent teacher here in China I have been putting in about 40 class hours per week for the past 7 weeks. In short, its time for a rest. Because I'm not at a university I didn't have that 7 weeks off. Now I have decided to see what all the fuss is about in Hainan. Hainan is China's largest island and smallest province. Sanya in the southern part of the island and is known for its beaches and year round nice weather. Currently according to Yahoo's weather section it is 62-82 today. Sounds perfect to me.
Sometimes bloggers and especially expats in China bitch and moan about this and that. Myself included. Sometimes it seems the everyday niceties are lacking, but gestures of uncommon kindness are often more prevalent than in the West. People go out of their way to help you, as they have for me to make this vacation happen. Friends who know travel agents, student's grandmothers who have a friend that has an empty apartment, advice on where the good deals are to buy an apartment. These kindnesses tend to outweigh the daily irritations of Chinese life through Western eyes.

I'm reminded of one afternoon when the skies opened up and the street by my school was running two feet deep past the entrance. I just needed to get home and waded through it onto safer ground, and received an escort from a woman , as I didn't have an umbrella. A complete stranger.

Stay posted for some photos from Sanya. This photo comes from a blog at this address and it will give you an idea about the island or just google Sanya.

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At 3:25 AM, Blogger Duzi Guide said...

I think I have sat on that very beach in Sanya myself. I like your blog very much, you bitch and moan but not too much.

I am starting a culinary tour of Sichuan later this summer/fall and would love feedback from you and your readers. I think eating is the best way into a culture where you do not speak the language.


At 10:03 PM, Blogger worldtour said...

Duzi guide: Thanks for dropping by and you may be right about the food aspect of relating to a culture. I know much of my language skills in Chinese, which are not good, have been in the food area, and of course the food in China is outstanding. What a great idea you have for a blog I'll be sure and visit.


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