Wheels on the Bus

I had the opportunity this week to ride the double decker bus for the first time.  This is actually only the second time for me to ride a bus period since I’ve been in Wuhan.  Usually you can either pay 2 quai in cash or use your bus card which only charges you 1.60 quai. …

Class Video

Please watch this clip of my kids in class this week. They have been taught British English and their accents are so cute.

Shitake Ginger Sauce

Sometimes you get the crab… last night the crab got me. Jenny had invited me over for dinner last night.  Her husband had bought a huge box of live crabs and Jenny steamed some of them for dinner.  Jenny is Chinese and she made this incredible ginger dipping sauce (recipe included). First of all I…

Rain, Rain, Go Away

Typhoon – Well I guess ya’ll heard there is a typhoon in China this week.  I haven’t gotten the worst of it, since I’m pretty far from the coast.  It has been raining for the past two days though.  Yesterday was the worst.  It was raining just enough to make it feel like a tropical…

Mid-Autumn Festival

Mid-Autumn Festival Yesterday was Mid-Autumn Festival and to celebrate my friend ZouYan and her husband took me sight-seeing.  I had so much fun seeing downtown Wuhan. The first stop was the Revolutionary Museum of 1911.  The museum covered the fall of the Quing Dynesty and monarchical system of the Emperor and the set up of the…

Homemade Hotpot

This week I had the opportunity to have a couple students over to teach me how to cook Chinese food.  On the menu this week was hotpot.  It’s a traditional dish equivalent to fondu in the States.  It was was surprisingly easy and delicious.  We began by meeting at the vegetable market on campus where…

Reading Group, and Girlfriend Time

This week I had the opportunity to go to Reading Group at Angela’s house.  Because this was the first meeting of the semester we didn’t get a whole lot of reading done, however it was a good intro and get-to-know-you activity.  The students enjoy this time to talk candidly with native English speakers and we…

Teachers Day

TUESDAY – Tuesday was Teacher’s Day and although I didn’t have class, I had a super-cool day.  One of my friends Shurar met me for lunch at a really nice restaurant in Hankou.  Wuhan was originally 3 towns which were merged into the current city – population 10 million.  Lunch was incredible.  The picture doesn’t…

Recap

Here’s a recap of the weekend. SATURDAY – Game night Saturday went great.  The kids ate all my cookies and it was so funny because they commented “We buy these at the store, I didn’t know you could make them” with this incredulous tone.  It made me laugh.  They have never made cookies before.  The…

Party Time!

Well in class this week I was telling my story.  I told the students about where I went to college and that I was an art major.  I told them about my family and friends, and everybody back home.  When I got to the part about my hobbies I told them that I liked to…

First Day of Class

I know everyone back home is dying to know how my first day of class went.  Let me just say that coming from someone who has taught high school students in Tennessee, it was awesome.  The students here are so disciplined and well behaved that it amazed me.  Part of the Chinese culture is to…