I came back to Connecticut last Wednesday to start getting things together and to see friends and family before I head out. On Sunday my mum organized a family party, so I saw my grandparents, aunts, uncles, and cousins all at once! It was really really nice to see everyone again, especially all in once place!
This next week is going to be very busy with all the things I’ve got to do. I’ve already separated things that I will bring to China and things to give away and things to stay. Now I just have to cut that bring-to-China pile in half, and then in half again! I hope I can have the least amount of stuff possible. Maybe just a backpack, a suitcase and my bouzouki.
My flight is at 1h30 in the morning on Monday out of JFK, so me and my mum are going to drive to New York on Sunday evening to drop me there. I’m pretty sure the flight is direct from JFK to Shanghai, just about 15 hours. Maybe we’ll be flying over the North Pole, because going over Alaska seems like it would take a lot longer…
I’ve been trying to find out more about ESL teaching, going to forums and websites online, looking for tips or lesson plans. I’m not nervous at all about going to China or staying there for a long time. The only thing I’m really nervous about is teaching, because I have absolutely no idea how to teach, and I often get weak-kneed talking in front of people. One of the reasons I’m doing this is to get over that. Logically, I can see no reason to be afraid of talking in front of a crowd!
Earlier in the process, I was told if i have a city that I prefer I can e-mail and let them know and perhaps I’ll end up there. I saw recently that there were these ‘newly franchised schools’ on the list of places to go, one of which was in Liuyang, Hunan. For some reason I felt attracted to it. Probably partly because the school is an elementary school, and I really like little kids. I read a little about the city and it is apparently the fireworks manufacturing capital of the world, with fireworks being tested and shown-off day and night. Sounds like it would be an interesting experience!
Anyhow, first I’ll be going to Yangshuo and that is for certain! In a few weeks I’ll know exactly where I am going and I can finally tell the people back home where I’ll be for the rest of the year!