Rollerblading around the school track.
I realize that we have been sending out quite a lot of updates lately, so I hope that we are not bombarding you with reading material. Justin has taken to blogging about older trips. Perhaps this is just to escape from where we are, but it sure does feel nice remembering the sunny days we had in my hometown – the wonderful Cape Town. Last week was a difficult one for me. I was feeling very homesick, down, and overall “gatvol” (fed up) with China.
Right now: The grass IS greener on the other side!
I just wanted to let you all know that even though we do “live it up” from time to time, there are certainly low moments over here too. Today, once again, Justin had to pull soaking wet washing out of a ridiculous washing machine, and hang it up dripping wet. The government switched off all the radiators, because winter is “officially” over, so our classrooms are freezing cold. In our room the heating function on the air-conditioner leaves us feeling hungover in the morning. It smells like a sewer in our bathroom. We assume that this is because the air from the drains gets pushed back through the pipes!? Nothing here was cleaned before we arrived, but we get asked to clean the teacher’s common room, and laundry room. If you remember from when we first arrived here – We spent days and days cleaning just to make our room and classrooms decent for use. Here’s a link to the mess we faced when we arrived: “Nihao China” It’s extremely dirty here! I could go on… But I won’t bore you.
Upon visiting other cities, we marvel at how clean and new some areas are, however this is not the case in our city. If I found a good teaching opportunity elsewhere in China (in a big city), I would consider taking it. Justin, on the other hand, is totally off China as a whole.
However, all is not lost here in Dongying. Today the sun came out, and the temperature reached into the double digits (celsius). To say that I was happy to feel the warmth of the sun on my skin would be an understatement. This city could sure use some color, so we hope that spring brings some green to the streets.
I couldn’t resist hitting the pavement this evening because it was such a beautiful day. I ran around the school track being chased by grade 1 and 2 students. This would get anyone moving! Since there are only 90 days remaining until we leave China, I though it fitting to start the P90X program. You can click on the link if you are interested, but basically it is a home workout program that spans 90 days. This workout absolutely kicked my butt! I’m excited to learn all the moves and get into the swing of it. I did spend a lot of time lying on the floor groaning, and gasping for air, but it was quite entertaining. Justin, who is not fit to exercise yet (since he had bronchitis recently), just sat there laughing at me.