• Independence Day, expat style

    by  • July 6, 2008 • China • 1 Comment

    posted by Sarah

    Hello! I feel like we haven’t updated in a while… so here are the latest movements from the Heng Hartse household…

    We’ve just finished teaching at Yuan Pei College, and starting this week we’re plunging right back in to teaching EFL through a summer camp with elementary age students. (Actually, Sarah just tutored one-on-one for 4 days last week – no rest for the weary!) Joel will be working 6 hours a day, 6 days a week. Sarah will be teaching at two different schools for a combined total of about 20 hours per week. Whew! Honestly, it’s going to be a grueling summer…

    We celebrated the 4th of July by moving the majority of our stuff from our Shaoxing apartment to a storage room of our new housing residence in Hangzhou. Apparently the apartment we’ll be moving into is having some work done and so we can’t move in until after they’re done. According to the oh-so technical staff who categorized and inventoried our belongings, we’ve left 11 “things” with them.

    We spent the night at our favorite hostel, the West Lake Youth Hostel, this time quite busy and overflowing with international tourists. Due to the melting heat (in the high 90s) we spent most of our time indoors trying to stay cool. Our 4th of July/end of the school year celebration dinner was at a great Australian-run place called the Hangzhou Wine Center, where I had a nicely done grilled salmon and Joel had grilled lamb. To finish, we shared an extraordinarily delicious slice of lemon ricotta cheesecake topped with wild strawberries. While we were there, we also noticed a private 4th of July party happening on the lawn outside, including potato salad, bottles of beer in coolers, and a large package of fireworks. What fun!

    Summer heat has descended with the force of, well, something strong — and now we are cowering in our apartment with the curtains closed and the air conditioner and fan merrily humming. It seems that people shift their activities to happen at night during the summer, and so I think when the sun sets we’ll do our shopping and see everybody out on the street, milling around, eating late night snacks (one of the greatest things about living in China), and generally exulting in the lack of sun. I should mention, however, that last night I Googled the temperature at about 11 p.m. and it was a reported 90 degrees.



    Sarah grew up in Colorado but considers herself a Chinese-Malaysian-English-American. Her favorite thing to do is read in bed, or some sunny spot on a couch.

    One Response to Independence Day, expat style

    1. Mark Heng
      July 7, 2008 at 4:04 pm

      Let’s trade weather for a week- You can have all the Limerick rain and we’ll take the sun…BTW, I drew Sinead O’Connor’s caricature on Saturday! She was at her father’s 70th Birthday party- John O’Connor. Wild, eh?

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