I guess this might be like having someone from France come up to you and kiss you on both cheeks--its a strange invasion of personal space. But hugs are so comforting and standard to American culture...the Chinese are missing out ;)
This week has been a busy struggle! We worked Saturday afternoon and Sunday so it was a longer work week. On top of that we had two BIG storms the last two nights--I live on the 6th floor so my entire apartment shakes with the wind. This is the first time in my life that I don't have a roommates bed to crawl into or someone to cuddle with (mom, dad can i sleep on your floor...? ;) ). I didn't get much sleep.
The next day it was raining in Wanda (the mall nearby)
YIKES--cant be good for their infrastructure...
There were garbage cans all over the mall full of dripping water--the worst part--it was brown. ewwww
Cool mall display
On another note, since China is more into the World Cup, I have gained a much greater interest in understanding and watching the World Cup. I have gained a new respect for watching soccer (its still no football...but definitely more entertaining than baseball--and the guys are prettttty freaking attractive). The US game is on at 6AM here on Monday so I look forward to watching it.
Two interesting articles about the World Cup teams...
What Teams Would Look Like if Immigrants were not allowed to play
What World Cup Teams Can/Cannot Have Sex
I find it interesting that some coaches put such restrictions on their players--do you think it has a large impact on their playing performance?
For current events in my class, one of my students covered the technology used in the World Cup--it was pretty cool to see how important science and technology is to the game and capturing the right images/filming.
Today the students had their America Fair which they have been working on FOREVER--it was a pretty comprehensive research project and showed some of the large differences between American curriculum and the Chinese curriculum. They struggled a lot-- bibliographies, work cited pages, primary and secondary sources, and creating an argument was all foreign to them (not to mention many of the sites with primary resources are blocked by the internet here). I had to step them through each part of the project, which made it really rewarding to see the results today, but ahh I am SO glad it is over with!
Electricity--these students ALWAYS make the same face in pictures (and then there is Erving on the left who is always smiling)
Steve Jobs and Apple--these students designed their project as two iphones--the iphone5 and 4s, each with distinctive differences
Qing Dynasty sends students to the US--and Dr. Jerry who is my other history colleague and pretty much organized the whole event
Trying to grade all my projects! These two students are on my debate team and are characters...I can only imagine what i'm laughing about--they researched the Atomic Bomb
Someone had guns on display for The Vietnam War--they didn't stay on display very long
This student went way above and beyond the assignment--its always nice to have students exceed your expectations
Planning anything in China is much more difficult than in America, especially because we cant communicate with the majority of the population. The other history teacher, Jerry, organized most of it with the help of one of his students. We (or the students) invited the parents, students from other parts of the school and the press. I had to go around and grade projects the whole time, but it was really nice to see the students parents there--its a little untraditional to work in a school where we do not come into contact with the parents at all.
Only one student introduced me to their parent, but I got a chance to talk with two which was really nice and gave a lot of insight to their children--it has to have a large influence on them if their parent is so invested in their learning and their english ability (this one student's father had near perfect english and knew all about the historical events presented at the fair--we had a nice chat about politics).
Some other pics from the week--
At the mall they always have car displays--this car was 420,000 RMB which is nearly $85,000 (beautiful car but a little above my price range)
Just collecting the trash
Last week was one of my coworkers bdays so we went to Muslim BBQ street for some good beer and BBQ
live entertainment while eating...
The butcher station...at least the meat is fresh?
Felix and his gloves
The food was pretty good--I think just the whole outside picnic (not even picnic) set up made it feel a little dirty. It made me miss Obamas in Shenzhen
Last week one of my coworkers was in Southern China and brought this coffee back from Vietnam--it is made from coffee beans in weasel's poop. yummmm
One of the school clubs last week had a Compare and Contrast between Chinese culture and American culture--so they had Doug cook America food (spaghetti with homemade sauce) and then next to it was Chinese noodles (they also compared university life and music)
Doug was the star of the show
Since there aren't really big parks they have rollerblading lessons in the large spaces in front of malls. These kids were ADORABLE. The little guy on the right could not stay upright.
Next week I only have TWO classes left--then a ton of grading. With so much free time its almost more lonely and I have been working harder to find ways to entertain myself here. (Hence playing soccer and basketball by myself ha--) Last night a coworker and I went out and tried this new bar/restaurant. It was my first REAL burger in a long time--complete with a lime flavored south american cocktail. Perfect way to end the busy week!
Time to enjoy the weekend--19 more days until I'm America bound! I have so many doctors appointments and unresolved health issues that I have been putting off (as I just don't trust the healthcare here--the language barrier plays a large role in this--and I have a feeling one of my issues will take follow up appointments--which I wont have time for here)
I'll miss signs like this...