01.06.2011 - 23.07.2011 87 °F
Hey everyone! I realize I have not written in a while, but in my defense it is summertime and things have been very busy! With it being summer, there is also plenty to write about as well. I’ll try and sum up everything in two separate entries.
Since May 28th was my last post, I should start by telling you all about June. As far as I can remember, June was busy with work, and somewhat unentertaining. During the month we were both conserving money for our upcoming vacation in July, as well as practicing for a show for the PSB, the government agency here that signs our residence permits in China. For the show, the school was told that the foreign teachers had to come onto the stage and present 2 skits for their summer outing. The agency threatened the school by informing them that if we did not perform, it would be difficult for future foreigners to get residence permits for the school.
Everyone was quite angry about this, until Liz basically fought the school on it and arranged for everyone who participated to be paid overtime for it. Since overtime was on the table, many teachers had become more eager to perform. We prepared a dance routine and a rap song to be sung by several others. When it came time for our “audition” of sorts for the PSB, they decided they only wanted to see the rap song. So after listening to this song repeatedly for days, trying to memorize my verse, the show went somewhat smoothly in the beginning of July. The video is contained on my Photobucket page if you haven’t seen it.
Also in June, our colleague named Anne who has definitely become our best friend here had her mom, aunt, and uncle in town for 2 weeks. We had many enjoyable dinners with them and took another trip out to the real Great Wall to see it again. School seemingly flew by this month and July came along fast as is seemingly does everywhere.
As July came, all of the teachers from America wanted to host a party for the 4th. Liz and I ended up hosting the party and approximately 30 people came to it. We made hamburgers, cole slaw, and had tons of other side dishes made by the other teachers. The Chinese residents in our complex were definitely confused as to what we were doing, as the grill was going until dark and then fireworks were shot off. My favorite part of the party was when a young Chinese boy came over to see what was going on. He was looking at all of the different foods that he had never seen before and opted to try a tortilla chip with salsa. As soon as the salsa hit his mouth he spit it all over the place, and the face afterword was priceless. Overall, the party went great and everyone had a good time.
As July continued, all we could think about was the arrival of Liz’s parents and going on our vacation. We had a trip scheduled to go to Xi’an for 2 days, and Beijing for 4. Days. As it turned out, our plans would be destroyed in more ways than one. More on this to come in part two of this update!