posted by Sarah
Well, we’ve finally landed in Hangzhou after a grueling 5 weeks of teaching summer school to 8-17 year olds (thankfully, not all in the same class). Boy are we glad to be done with that!
We’re in temporary digs right now, living in Zhejiang University’s Foreign Teacher’s building in a one room apartment with a shared kitchen. We’ll be able to move into our real apartment on the other side of the building in about a month or so, but due to the fact that it’s currently filled with rubble, construction workers and not much else (and we are made painfully aware of that fact every day from 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. when the banging happens), we’re setting up our mosquito net for another lengthy temporary stay.
I’m glad to report that this new place is a vast step up from our dank hotel room – no giant cockroaches the size of mice, it’s been recently painted, and we’ve got TV with nonstop coverage of the Olympics. The kitchen is spartan at best – no running hot water, stove, microwave, shelves, etc. – so I’ve decided to wait to unpack the kitchen supplies. Luckily, right outside our door is a great little neighborhood restaurant serving up homestyle Chinese dishes for a great price – a basic meal for 2 (3 dishes and rice) costs under 20 yuan.
Joel begins teaching on September 1st, with a full schedule of 3 classes: English Literature (that’s ALL literature printed in the English language to you), Intercultural Communication, and American Culture. I will begin classes at the Art Academy on September 9th. In the meantime, we’re preparing for what’s ahead (ok, Joel’s preparing. I’m reading Gone with the Wind). We’re both excited for this next stage in our China adventures!