Saturday, April 13, 2019

TWO MONTH UPDATE


Just a little update with how well everything has been going in China since I moved here eight weeks ago. Over two months have passed since I moved from London to Chengdu. I am definitely a lot more comfortable with my daily routine of teaching than I was a month ago. I love my apartment and how peaceful and beautiful this city is, and I love how well I have settled in here! 


The teaching is amazing! The students are still fascinated by the fact that they have a foreigner teaching them English. I love all of my students and I find myself using more Chinese to communicate with them every day. I spend most of my lunch breaks playing badminton, practicing English and having fun with them. They are all so kind and friendly, and even on days when I am feeling a little low, their happy faces cheer me right up! It’s great teaching such a wide age range of students (I teach kindergarten, grades 3, 4, 5, 6, ,7 and 8) but also means I am very busy and tired most of the time. I appreciate the weekends so much more now!

Because I am very busy a lot of the time, the last two months have flown by very quickly. I am really used to being far away from home now! I still do miss my family, friends and boyfriend an awful lot, but I talk to them every week, so I don’t feel as homesick. I am really looking forward to seeing them all in a few weeks.

The cultural differences are not as jarring to me now. I am used to the way things are done and the differences between the Chinese culture and western culture are not as hard for me to get a grip of. As such, I find it a lot easier to go to new places and meet new people, I am used to being stared and pointed at now! 

One of the biggest differences that is proving to be quite challenging to get used to is the weather. Spring started a few weeks ago but the temperature is already hitting 29/30 degrees almost every day! If you are reading this and are from England like me, you will know that temperatures like this in the U.K. are not a regular occurrence, so I am suffering a bit. But it is wonderful to step outside and have it feel like summer! Although I am slightly nervous about the high temperatures and storms the summer will bring! 

Thank you to everyone who has been keeping up with my blog posts about China. I love receiving messages from friends and strangers saying that they are loving my posts! I enjoy writing about my time here so much, and I will use my blog as a diary to read back on when I finally move back to London! 

谢谢大家!

B x   
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8 comments

  1. That's great, I hope you keep strong. I totally understand what you have been going through. I loved Chengdu, visited it many, many years ago. https://www.daisyandthyme.com/thyme-to-travel-daisycamera-sucre/

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    1. Chengdu is honestly so beautiful and I am beyond happy that I can call it home for now! I will check your blog out now! x

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  2. I am glad that your students welcomed you! Its awesome to settle in so quickly but it sounds like working in your purpose really helped.

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    1. Thanks for reading my post! Yes, the students have been amazing in welcoming me to China! I have had an amazing time so far and am really looking forward to continue teaching them! x

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  3. Another lovely read! Don’t melt! X

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    1. Thank you so much for keeping up with all my blog posts x

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