My Return to China

Well…. It’s been a while since I have posted anything and now seems to be a good time for an update.

I left Yantai 28th July to return home for some well-earned home cooked food, a comfy bed and fun times with family and friends. The first two weeks flew by, I attended the obligatory summer weddings, had an outrageous trip to Ibiza and finally got to see my nieces and nephew after six months! The following week however was not quite as chaotic but more of a reflective time.

I had accepted a teaching post in Hangzhou and still wasn’t a 100% certain on whether to accept it or not. I loved my time in Yantai but was ready to come home at the end. I also hadn’t realised just how much I had missed home and of course my family and friends. When my visa paper work came though I spent the following two days trying to debate whether to stay or go.  I knew it would be a challenge at the new school as it was a completely different set up to my previous school. I also knew that the thought of looking for a new job in England made me want to cry before I even started. So with that in mind and the reassurance that I had already secured a job in China it seem foolish to give that up and attempt to tackle the English job market.

25th August I packed my life up again (not as much I wanted obviously) and headed back to Manchester airport to return to China.  I cried as I left my parents because I knew that this time it would be different. I wasn’t going with my trust companion, I had worries over my teaching and I didn’t know anyone in Hangzhou.

I have now been in Hangzhou for two weeks and I have managed to survive my first full week at the school. This in itself I feel is an achievement considering that an English girl is now teaching an American syllabus to high school students.

With that in mind, I need to prepare for my classes so I will post again in the next few days.


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