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Before you ask, I ordered something else. 
This is the same place that had the butty smoothie by the way.

Before you ask, I ordered something else.
This is the same place that had the butty smoothie by the way.

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some updates!

After getting sick last weekend, this week was really hard on top of that. The kids have a sports day coming up which is a huge event and then a whole week break away from school. I guess it’s like having a huge homecoming pep rally followed by a week of fun and travel, so attention spans have been really short. I understand that, but it’s been really annoying and frustrating. Some of my classes make it all worth it though, they’re really nice kids. They know that being quiet & good means getting to do fun things with me. Others have not learned this yet.

Speaking of fun things! this week I’ve been doing a frozen themed lesson with 4th grade & it’s been mostly really fun. At the end we all sing let it go together & it’s really cute and funny to have a room of 9 & 10 year olds singing let it go at you. One girl acted out the entire scene & one boy used his pen as a microphone. 

Now the pictures! The kids’ new uniforms came in recently & we get one too! Not the main uniform which is ugly anyway, but this cool jacket & sweatpants to match. It’s definitely the coolest souvenir I’ll ever get here.

I also got super cute kleenexes. I’m so mad they don’t sell this stuff in the us like who in the entire country would not appreciate stitch kleenex packets. Stupid.

Oh and like I said, hard week with bad kids. I went to the best chicken curry place with the lady who isn’t my boss but who is meant to help me with normal stuff whenever I need help finding something or whatever. After that, we walked around this cool place called Old Street which is full of interesting shops and restaurants. We got this delicious mango ice cream & wandered around for a while. It was really cool. I’m going back there tonight to do some christmas gift scouting for family & friends.

aunt rose, if you’re seeing this, email me please! I don’t know what to get noah I don’t know what boys like.

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some more pictures of my city! from Sunday. it was a really really beautiful clear day & the fluffy clouds reminded me of home. I think this kind of stuff is the reason I sometimes forget I’m even in China. 

The first are all the shops right across the street from the school. A lot of stationery & school supplies, and comics and stuff that high schoolers (and me) will waste their money on. My tuesday chicken sandwich restaurant is right there across the street too.

The others are a short walk away from the school. We went walking looking for a tiny lunch and walked to a farther off bus stop to go shopping. I caught a cold last week & spent a lot of the weekend feeling like my head was too big & my ears were clogged, but it was a really nice day to be out.

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I was told to not come home married but I have bad news, I’m marrying this chicken curry.

I was told to not come home married but I have bad news, I’m marrying this chicken curry.

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I meant to post this a long time ago. When we first got here, we had to go get pictures taken for something, like maybe our residence card or something I don’t really know. But in the photo place there were loads of example pictures that I guess this lady has taken? And then suddenly Hilary Duff. I’m pretty sure she didn’t take that picture of Hilary Duff.

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I found my new favorite drink

I found my new favorite drink

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More name tags from Wednesday! It was also Teacher’s day in China yesterday. Which is I guess a holiday for teachers where you still have to go to work. But it’s cute because you have a lot of kids running around giving you little gifts and stuff. I got a few cards & a flower from some kids. Another girl told me she had a gift but forgot it & would bring it next week.

The top name tags are second grade. A lot of kids ask me to help them spell their names & some just do their darn best. I have a Seven, Herry, Hapy, and Alxe. They’re just wee little though so it doesn’t make a big difference yet. Kids here write their letters backwards too, just like home.

The bottom are my 4th graders. Wednesday is nice because I have one really great class of 4th graders. The girls in that class are super cuties who all tried to make the cutest cards for me & would get so excited when I said their drawings were cute. 

I’m gonna make some more today! so hopefully I get some even more really cute cards. This week flew past compared to last week. I guess that means it’s getting easier? I’m getting more organized too. I’m taking individual notes on every single class so I better know how to deal with them day by day in my lesson plans.

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I got my first gift as a teacher today! A 4th grade girl gave me this flower thing & they told me it’s soap. 

My classes made name tags today & I tried to fill out seating charts so at least I know who is who & can try to gain some control. Or if they’re really bad I can go to their chinese teacher & be like, this kid in this seat is bad, do something about it. These are some of the favorite ones I got! Left is second grade, right is fourth. Cassi in 4th grade also wrote “I love you Miss B” on hers

One of my fourth grade classes today.. they’re so weird. They’re not rowdy really, just really really weird. Some kid touched my face out of nowhere & made a big fuss about how soft my cheeks were, so like 20 kids kept reaching up & touching my cheeks yelling about soft they were. So weird like why the heck are you even touching your teacher’s face??

And a picture of today’s lunch. Lunch is usually kind of meh but like I said, free, so I shut up and eat it. I generally just eat as much rice as possible so I’m getting carbs at least. It was good today though! I thought the stuff on the left was potatoes, but it wasn’t. It was okay, whatever it was. 

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This is what my school looks like! Some parts of it, anyway. I’ll take more over time. It’s hard to when I’m actually walking to and from classes because I’m usually rushing around.

The hallways are all opened to the outside so I guess if there’s ever a sign that it’s warm here most of the year through, I’d say this is it. I get mixed reviews of winter here. Some say it’s not freezing but it’s cold, and others say it’s not cold at all. I guess we’ll see in a few months.

There are some more tropical looking trees and stuff here than ever would even survive at home. I think we’re on like the 31st degree latitude so as south as like florida and stuff? I don’t remember.

It’s easier to get around than it looks at first! I’ve only had one day this week, because we had monday off. The kids are still brats but I think we’ll get used to each other a little more. Three days a week I have a 40 minute 2nd grade class and it’s really hard. kids don’t want to pay attention to me for that long & they understand so much less than the other grades. I’m going to have to think of lots of games and songs for them. 

The cafeteria food isn’t great, but it’s free, so I have lunches there anyway. Today was a pretty good lunch actually. I usually just use it to load up on rice so I can survive the afternoon. Today we finally tried the chicken restaurant across the street from our school, it’s owned by the mother of an older student here that we don’t have. It was really good though! I had a chicken burger & it was so good I’m in love. I’m definitely going back often. The owner lady was super nice & chatty too, it was cool. 

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here are some pictures of around the city I’m in! it’s called zhangjiagang (ZJG for short). It’s not a huge city. It’s small but it doesn’t feel too small. It’s not that there’s so much amazing stuff to do here, but it feels busy. There’s still a lot of discovering to do before I find any super cool stuff. I still haven’t found like a great restaurant to go to, which is lame. We went looking today, but it was a national holiday so basically everything was closed down.

the third picture is the center of this cool mall. kind of cool? it was all circular and open and neat but didn’t have many stores in it and it didn’t really make any sense. It had a movie theater though, so we want to go see something one day.

The last one is my favorite. It’s just along a small river that goes through town & looks really nice all lit up at night. It’s really cool. I think that’s all mostly apartments though along the river so I dunno. Still not too much to do.

Lots left to explore though!