Tuesday, August 24, 2010

So at BaiYun Mountain, the mountain (or "mountain", maybe a hill) in the northern part of GZ, which gives the airport and district its name, has an "extreme sports" area, including a bungee jump. Trever had done it a week or so earlier, and said he had a blast (after aging 1o years!). So the other Thursday I went ahead and did it, with the intent of just jogging up the part of the mountain to the "x-sports" area, checking it off my "China list," and heading back home before I went off to Hainan (see next post). As I signed up to get in the queue, I met some really cool American high school/college students that were studying Mandarin at the South China Univ. of Technology (SCUT, where Faye and Susan go), nearly all of whom were going to jump. So for about an hour I watched, still not nervous. Then one of the students, from Fairbanks, AK, told me about what it was like, and compared it to when he jumped in New Zealand...and that's when my heart started to beat more quickly. Then it was my turn to remove my wallet and shoes, and harness up, on the 50+-foot blue metal plank sticking out of the mountain, with the city in the background and trees far, far below. Techno music playing in the background, the 2 Chinese guys with broken English clicked in my foot-harness and said, "Listen to me. You start, count to 3, hold arms out, go forward. When finish, [demonstrates fastening lift carabiner] and say, 'OK.' Understand?" Then that was it. I stepped out, literally into thin air, asking myself, "Why did I just step into thin air?!?" as my body slowly flipped upside down, while falling 45 meters, then stretching the cable, then springing back up and plunging back down again maybe 6 more times...the whole time flailing my arms like a lunatic. It's all on video! It also gave me horrific dreams of jumping miles over Hong Kong at night, that night on the train to Hainan...but it was so worth it! If you haven't bungee jumped yet, put it on your "bucket list."

Macau, originally a Portuguese trading port, established several hundred years ago (the first fort was built in ~1528), is now one of two Special Administrative Regions (SARs) in China. It is also known as "the Las Vegas of China," as gambling is legal there, and there are many many casinos. I went there with Boss John and a teacher, Alex (about my age, originally from California) on the 8th (also the day Julien left China). We first drove to ZhuHai, the city next to Macau, and then hopped the border (after paying some guy to drive us to another entry port with a waaay shorter line). We entered Macau really close to the ruins of the St. Paul's church (Sao Paulo); it's just the front stone wall of this old church that burned down. Yep, just the wall. We also had these really good egg tarts (a Portuguese introduction), which are available in KFC's and bakeries in Guangzhou, but aren't as delicious and crispy as they are in Macau. We also walked through an art museum, and the Macau Museum, which had a lot of traditional Chinese displays that Boss John said reminded him of his childhood in GZ, such as getting drinking water via well and bucket. On top of the Macau Museum are the old cannons that used to fortify the building that the museum now occupies. Then we had lunch (coconut curry chicken, it was delicious!) and then walked to the Grand Lisboa, the tallest casino in Macau. After that, we took a taxi (all of which are brand new, with leather interior) to the black sand beaches...yes, beaches with black sand! But it just looked more like a dirty beach to me. Alex and I saved some sand in a water bottle. Finally, we checked out The Venetian, the grandest and most expensive hotel in all of Macau. It even has escalators that curve, and a miniature river with gondola rides! After that, we took the free casino bus back to the border and drove back to GZ.
Some fun facts: While Macau does have its own currency (the Pataca), Hong Kong Dollars are accepted, and seem to be more frequently used. There are also these creepy-looking red sheets of meat, like beef/pork jerky, sold on the streets. Cantonese, English, and Portuguese are the languages of choice, so between the three of us, it was super easy to get around.

Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Hey everyone, it's time to fill you in on the last few weeks. I have a TON of stuff to write about. I now have over 1,500 pictures (and still growing by the day), 5 kinds of currency (American, Taiwanese, PRC, Hong Kong, and Macau), some weird knockoff clothing, and a taste for these cool little bakeries that are everywhere. It seems that every time I want to write something at length, I'm already out the door and doing something else! That's awesome; but then again it takes some discipline to just write (thanks Jon and Matt, and others...you know who you are).

I'll start with Yuexiu Park, which Julien, Trever, and I visited with Faye and Susan back in the beginning of August. I was pretty much recovered from being sick then. This is the park with the famous goat statue that is seen on all of the Guangzhou City posters/Asia Games propaganda around town. It's a large (maybe 20 feet tall) gray stone statue of 5 goats. This is from (or maybe represents) where Guangzhou gets its "nickname", the "goat city." No one knows why this is! But it's really popular. This is also where some more Chinese girls asked to get a picture with me (and Trever, seperately); one girl was super nervous this time. So funny!

There's also a monument for Sun Yat-Sen and a museum (the Guangzhou Museum) in the park, full of historical artifacts like paint powder, models of Western and Chinese trading ships, and a model of the solar system from maybe 100 years ago. Did you know, "Uranus" (I think) translates into Chinese as "asshole"? I'm learning a lot here!

Saturday, July 31, 2010

  • Well, the biggest difference between the US and China...there are many, but among the two major spheres of nature and people, people are the most different, of course! The natural landscape is neat; hot humid weather (I was literally sweating INTO my soup at a restaurant the other day), and palm trees! The sun shines a little more intense here in MN, but not deathly by any means (except at the water park with minimal sunscreen :) ). The people can be super duper nice and accommodating, especially since I'm a foreigner. I've rarely, if ever, felt hated against; foreign people are stared/looked at/ photographed, like I'm a fascinating kind of animal! But the ignorant "country folk" here in Panyu can have bad manners. Cantonese people WILL cut you off in line; coming from a Western perspective, this does NOT make me happy! At KFC, in the store, waiting in line anywhere. Ok anyways, my favorite Chinese food? Rrobably fried noodles (Chao Mian, aka Chow Mein), And egg tarts (a Macau/Portuguese thing), and JiaoZi (dumplings) with peanut sauce. In my free time, I usually hang out with my new buddies (Chinese and foreign), traveling around the city; I've also been to Hong Kong and ShenZhen, and I plan on going to Macau next Sunday, Aug. 8th. What I miss most (besides friends and family) are: Duluth, Subway, real grilled hamburgers, American flags, GOOD cookies, motorcycles that are NOT driven on the sidewalk, clean air....I think of new things each day, but I'm by no means aching to go back; I think China's pretty sweet.

Friday, June 23 I went with Julien and Trever to the Western breakfast in this gated community called Clifford. It was in a "Vietnamese" restaurant called Jessica's, which served Vietnamese (spring rolls), French (baguette, croissant), and American (pancake/egg breakfast) food, with Latin music. It was very...international? And by that I mean confusing. I had an omelet (ordered off-the-menu) with 5 "toppings," was quite refreshing and filled me up for half the day; then went to the "foreign" store and bought gravy mix and shredded (Sargento) mozerella cheese for the Poutine. I also got a Kinder egg (the German/European chocolate eggs with a toy inside) and some random candy bar. I also bought a deck of cards, which do have Chinese writing on the box and Jokers, and have a motorcycle on the backs (as opposed to a cherub on a bicycle or something) but other than that, are just like your average playing cards. Then before work I tried looking for this store that sold games like Settlers of Catan (in Chinese!), and couldn't find it, but found a store that sold semi-Chinglish (unintentionally) signs (Gentlemen, No Fireworks, Push/Pull, etc.), Go, and a HUGE PRC flag! Why do I buy these things? Then after work, Julien, Kate, Alex, his wife Lulu, and myself all went to the arcades! They had a reallysweet-looking Drum Master (?) game, basketball hoops that give you tickets, Ski-ball, racing games, a Japanese cartoon drumming game, and this animal crane that grabs not stuffed animals, but stuffed turds with smiley faces!

I'm sick today, so I'm going to update the blog; yep, it's about time.

A few weeks ago (Sun, July 18)Julien, Trever and I all went to this amazing water park called Hanxi Changlong (Chimelong) Water Park; it's actually one of Guangzhou's biggest attractions, and only one metro stop away from ShiQiao! The park is one of two parks at Hanxi Changlong, the other is Chimelong Paradise, where all the roller coaster rides and lumberjack shows are. The park opens at 9:30am, and we arrived at 10. There were almost no lines in the morining! So we hit up as many as possible in those first few hours, especially one called the Behemoth Bowl, where you sit in a raft for 4 people and go around this toilet bowl. That was probably my favorite ride. The lines were the biggest in the afternoon, which was a good chance for the Chinese to get a good long look at us 3 odd-looking foreigners. In one line this one girl was poking Trever's blue-and-green eyes, and called them, "piaoliang," or pretty. Then when the line zig-zagged back again, she did so once more, etc. On another line, Julien rubbed his super-hairy chest and a bunch of Chinese people cheered.
The lockers cost a 20RMB (~$3 USD), with a 20RMB deposit, which isn't cheap by Chinese standards, but they're a necessity; but what surprised us was that the inner tubes cost at least 20RMB, as opposed to coming with the package when you enter the park. They were worth it; the park didn't have merely a lazy river, it had an Action River! The river had a few different themes (one for each section of the river), one of which was a "winter-land," with Christmas decorations and ice-cold water dripping on you, and another was a wave-pool like area of the river.
The water park also had 3 speed slides, which were among my favorite rides. We met a Russian guy, on vacation from Vladivostok, in line. From the line we could also see the brand new, high-end White Tiger (the mascot of Changlong) Restaurant, with a banner advertising such things as "Fresh Sesfoods." Sesfoods! Really, China, no spell check?
For dinner we had fried noodles and spicy squid-on-a-stick, it was all quite delicious! After sundown the wave pool had a concert (the stage sticks out into the wave pool), but the three of us took advantage of the lack of lines to fit in some more rides before the park closed. We met and rode on the "Tornado" (another huge raft ride) with some Columbian people. And by that time I had realized that the sun had completely burnt me to a crisp! I am still peeling just a bit to this day. Altogether, we were there for 12 hours. It was a great fun day!

Friday, July 9, 2010

In short: it's a blast! I've taught the D1 three times now, and the B6 about 5 or so times. Basically, with the D1 class I announce the new vocab. Words (pen, pencil, next to, Do you have my cell phone?...), ask the students to spell it out loud, and I write it down. Then I'll make up some sentences/dialogues and write them on the board, and we'll all say them out loud; then the real fun starts and we ask each other questions like, "Hi, my name is Apple, who is he? Where is he from?" The main point (and challenge for me) of the classes is to get the students to speak about 80% of the time. For example, last night I wrote a list of personal descriptions (tall/short, talkative/quiet, handsome/pretty, etc.) on the board and had my students and I each choose 3 things that describe them, and 2 things that don't, and practice asking other students about each other.

That brings me to another point: Like I may have mentioned before, the Chinese generally want to adopt an English name that sounds like their Chinese name, regardless of its English meaning. While many students have fairly common English names, some students here have some pretty amazing names, especially the kids: Yucky, Yuki, Yo-yo, Monkey, Banana, Apple (that one's

common), Candy, Roy, Moon (who happens to be dating a Sun), Ziva, Evan (for a woman), Jerry, Eisa, Kate, Cathy, Cat, Christine, Christie, Christa, Herman, Jackie (as in Chan), Peter, Zoe, Coco, Eva (pronounced Eeva), Lily, Winnie (popular name), Sunny, Gen (short for Genuine), Jessica (popular name), Mushroom, Queen, Pig, Carrot, Cherry, Cool, Wing (at least two of them), Sky, Ant, Bingo, and Enson. Apparently some of the other AIESECers at the other school (English Journey) that named one of their students Limousine. There also two tiny dogs here: one crusty and friendly one that lives in the canteen, and one clean dog that lives at the Huangs' house; both are named Lucy!

My B6 class has about 4-5 students, almost all of whom are ~18 years old girls that tell me I'm handsome every single day, bar none. It's basically two, 2-hour sessions a week where we can do whatever we want, as long as it's in English; the BBC Learning English has been a hit, and so are just discussing American and Chinese culture. I'm going to try to throw in some more games, I think they had a bit too much BBC last time.

Teaching the little kids has also been an awesome learning experience; I followed in the regular teacher, Chris', shadow (he happens to also be from MN!), and he's probably the best teacher at Bart. The kids were about 6 years old, and we had them practice asking each other's name and birthday. Then we played games practicing months of the year, like throwing a sticky suction-cup ball on the board sectioned off 1-12, and to recite the corresponding month. For break-time I was the gatekeeper, and had each student say all 12 months before they could leave the classroom. We finished off with a game of Twister in English, and the winner got a "point" (a Bart sticker that goes toward a prize).

Wednesday, June 23, 2010

There's a park near the school which is a nice place to take a sit, read, be a little closer to nature. In my free time I've been checking out GZ with the locals. On the 13th, USA played against England in the World Cup, though for us in China the game was at 2 am. But still, us foreign teachers at Bart went into Guangzhou to a British pub, The Paddyfield, to watch America tie England. It was a great game, and the pub looks just like one you might find in the US, or England, as the English tell me.

Most of the teaching I've done so far still has been in the form of OPTs, or oral placement tests. To the best of my knowledge I haven't traumatized any students, but during another teacher's OPT, the little girl's response after, "Hi, what's your name?" was to turn around in her father's lap and cry, calling him a "guaiwu", monster.

Also, Kate and Evan, two of the managers at Bart, took Julien, Trever and I to see Baomo Park. It is one of the top attractions of Panyu; it had a wax museum of some historical reenactments, an art museum, and many ponds full of goldfish. The fish here are so accustomed to people feeding them, that as soon as you come up to the edge of the pond, they swarm in the water near you and fight to get the best spot for fish-food; you can even hear their mouths snapping open and shut!

And both a low and a high were the chicken feet. They actually were quite tasty, due to the savory/spicy sauce, but there's no real meat. You just try to eat the skin, it's more of a snack. Kate and Julien had to help me work on it. It really is a strange food, like putting an alien hand in your mouth and working around the (non-sharp) talons.

There are tons of fruit marts on every street, with piles of durian fruit! If you're unfamiliar with durian, it tastes and smells like gasoline, bus tires, sulfur, and burnt onions. Some things (like the stinky tofu, the sewage rivers) really do smell truly awful. I'm trying to get better at "stomaching" the tofu smell, but I almost gagged the other day at it...and again when they said one of the things on Julien's plate was a duck elbow.

But on a more delicious note, bubble tea is quite common, as are dumplings, and even crab/shrimp flavored Pringles! They're quite tasty and mild. Also Boss John took us 3 summer interns to morning tea with his friends at the Panyu Guest House, which was very tasty. There they served basically a dim-sum: shrimp dumplings, fish rice congee, sweet buns, among other things, plus any kind of tea under the sun.

Boss John, Kate, and Evan took us 3 interns to see Lotus Mountain, where there's a huge Buddhist temple. It's on the banks of the Pearl River, and is mostly a park extending all the way up the steep slopes, with the temple (and enormous Buddha statue, currently under reconstruction) on top, and the quarry used to build it on the bottom, near the river. There was also an old fortification from a past dynasty, to protect the area from invaders. The swords, armor and rusty old cannon were all on display.

Last Wed-Fri., the 16th-18th, Trever, Chris (from England) and I all went to visit Hong Kong. For the most part, it's a beautiful place, and Hong Kong S.A.R. is actually 70% green space! This came as a surprise to me before I arrived, but it's true; taking the bus through the country, it is full of forested mountains.

I came into both GZ, and especially HK, with the mentality that it's crowded and super busy (and I'm glad I did - that was probably the best prep. for my time here), and it's true! To me, since I came directly from GZ (and went there first, as opposed to HK and then GZ), and since I've never been to London (the Brits here say that HK reminds them of it)...it felt like a Chinese city, like GZ, but scrunched together, on the ocean, with mountains in the background, and a little more Westernized. Actually, I think it's like downtown Guangzhou, but on the ocean. The hostel experience in general was new for me, though there are hostelsin GZ. We paid ~55 HK$/night (about $7 US) and let me tell you: you get what you pay for! It was crowded, run-down, and we couldn't get the AC to work the first night (so it was like sleeping in a sauna), but it was secure and clean enough to do the job, we were only there to sleep anyways.

Some big differences between Panyu specifically and HK are: HK has few motorcycles/mopeds, and the left-side driving. But you should know that Panyu is not the same as the actual city of Guangzhou; honestly, Panyu is more trashy, and driving motorcycles on the sidewalk is illegal in GZ. The food in HK and GZ was pretty much the same, and the stores (Chinese and Western) too. Another big difference between HK and China is the money...pros: the HK $10 bill is sweeeet! Plasticy with a window! But the fact that almost every denomination is in coins was really inconvenient for me...I find coins clunky and easy to roll out of my pocket when sitting down. I think HK reminded me of a combination of GZ and NYC, but mostly like Guangzhou. The climate is identicalto GZ (street-level air pollution included), except for the nice ocean breezes (like Hawaii). The street lights in HK click, with different patterns, depending on how much time you had left to cross.

The HK metro is called MTR, with a cool white octopus-looking symbol on a red background. A favorite thing of mine from HK was probably just staring at the downtown area from the Kowloon shore. When Trever and I first set eyes on it, I was in awe, and could have stared for hours! Trever and I also saw the last of the Dragon Boat races at Stanley, on the south end of Hong Kong Island. In addition, we checked out the city night lights (HK skyline to music), ate Michelin Star dim sum, trammed/hiked up The Peak, rode up the world's longest enclosed escalator, and saw Po Lin Monastery on Lantau Island.

There are salesmen everywhere in HK, offering you anything you can imagine...but hashish was the most common, then suits, coats, trousers, food, electronics, hostels, "footy massageys,....I tuned most of it out; it's too similar to the U of M ;)

I'm starting my first actual classes today! It's an entry-level "daily" English class, D1, probably adults, 6 students. There's a Chinese teacher that covers that same class twice a week, and I teach it once a week (each class period is about 2 hours long). The course is taught out of a textbook, beginning with such phrases as, "Hello, my name is __" and "How are you?" The nice thing is that us teachers are given some freedom to "make the class real," how "real" people in America, etc. would say things; but it's mostly based on the textbook.

Tuesday, June 1, 2010

This week I got to see a bit more of Guangzhou: Susan and her friend Vicky showed me the Chen Clan Academy near downtown. It's a very old, massive, traditional building that the Chen clan founded to educate their own family, and now it's open for tours. Among the artifacts inside were rooms where people lived and studied, old furniture, an extravagant gift shop full of amazing things, and really neat paintings. After the Academy we went to see Beijing Lu: one of the wealthiest shopping strips in Guangzhou. Traditional lanterns line parts of the streets, with a huge statue of the Asia Games GZ goat characters right in the middle. We also saw some street-pavement bricks from the Qing and earlier dynasties, blocked off and under glass in the middle of the street.

Last Friday I moved from the hotel I was at for the first four days, and moved into the Huang's house (the owners of Bart). I'll be living there for about a month, when I'll take John's apartment when he moves out. Like most people I've met here, they're super generous. Their house is very nice as well (only 3 months old); a vertical square column of stone, each floor with about 4 rooms, and a spiral staircase in the middle. The rooftop is an open patio, and that's where they do the laundry!

I also got to see Susan's school, the South China University of Technology (Faye, Susan, and Vicky are all engineering students :) ). The campus is similar to the U of M, a mixture of old and new buildings, but they also have a green, manmade lake (green from pollution, they tell me). On campus I met Susan's friend, also in engineering (side note: the ratio of guys/girl students is still ~90/10). He had been looking for an English name for a bit; the Chinese like taking on an English name that sounds like their Chinese name, in his case, Xiang. I had the honor to give him his English name, Shawn!

On Sunday night Boss John (the owner of Bart school) took all the teachers out to KTV - karaoke, Asian style! It's not at all the dump that I expected; from the outside it looks like a nice Hollywood joint with black glass walls and glowing blue song titles. Then a staircase brings you downstairs, with a gourmet-quality buffet on the right and corridor of karaoke rooms on the left, each party with its own separate room. The karaoke room had 2 tables for food, with a huge wraparound couch along the edge of the wall, and a computer panel to choose songs. It was legit! I sang "American Pie" with one of the American teachers, and I had to sing some Avril Lavigne because the girls wanted me to.

At Bart, things are pretty laid back right now; I mostly test prospective students on their current English skills and place them accordingly, and train by learning some technical terms of speech and sitting in on other teachers' classes.

My mailing address (the school's address) is:
2/F Jinli Building, #217, Qiaoxing Dadao,
Shiqiao, Panyu District, Guangzhou, Guangdong Province, PRC

But just to be sure, if you send something, just let me know via email so I know to expect it...at least until after I receive the first piece of mail.

Saturday, May 29, 2010

Touchdown!

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I have safely arrived in China! I realize many of you have been kept in the dark until now; some web sites are rather tricky to access (such as this one), but Bart does have internet (which is where I am right now). So far it has been a real whirlwind, so I'll try to keep things clear and concise!

LA was great, Jon, Dave and I got to take a bus tour of Hollywood, and we got to see Michael Emerson (Ben Linus) among other actors, and a replica Dharma van at the LOST finale!

Sadly, I had to duck out halfway through the showing to catch my 1am flight. But I slept through the first half of the flight, so it only felt like a 6 hour deal. I had a 7 hour layover in Taipei, Taiwan, so I hopped on a bus to check out the city, inclucing Taipei 101! (pictures pending...I haven't figured that one out yet) Taiwan seems like an Asian version of the US, it's very clean and modern-looking.

A few hours later I arrived in Guangzhou, and Faye (an AIESECer from the GZ area) and her friend Susan met me at the airport to help get me situated. We took a bus down the smoggy GZ highway, past tons of beautiful palm trees and other tropical plants, old & new highrise apartments, to the Bart school where I'm teaching. The first 4 days here I was put up in a hotel, and now I'm staying with the owners/founders of Bart (the Huangs), for about a month, after which I will move into the apartment with the two other summer AIESEC teachers (Julien from Canada and Trevor from Missouri, they're both pretty awesome).

The city is amazing and crazy at the same time. Cars, mopeds, bicycles, and people on foot all mashed together at the intersections (red lights are only really a suggestion)..."head on a swivel," as Julien says. Along every inch of the sidewalk are little shops, restaurants, and street food vendors. The city doesn't really smell as bad as I anticipated, except for these little river-things that smell like sewage (but even those have gone through a tenfold improvement over the last few months, according to one of the other teachers here). The city is changing fast to look good for the upcoming Asia Games this fall. English is useful at "official" places (airports, schools, etc.) but otherwise has limited use; it's time to bust out the Chinese! Though I am nowhere near fluent, it's really good practice, and, with pointing, I've usually been able to get the message through.

Okay, I'll keep you guys posted on more details....my Skype name is "Dsquaredmoonunit2" if you'd like to chat (it's 13 hours later here in GZ), and my email is disseldan@gmail.com .

Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Wed, May 19: Typo

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It has been brought to my attention that there's a typo in my last post: I'm starting teaching MAY 27, not JUNE 27! That would be weird.

That is all.

Monday, May 17, 2010

I leave for LA early this Saturday morning (the 22nd), to go see the city for 2 days with Dave and Jon, then Sunday night is the LOST series finale, at the Orpheum LA!:

http://globalcashcard.com/lost/

My plane then leaves LA for Guangzhou (GZ) early Monday morning, due to land the afternoon of Tuesday the 25th. The plan so far is to hang out at SYSU (Sun Yat-Sen University, the hosting Local Chapter, or LC), get my bearings, and snap out of jet lag until I start teaching Wed., June 27. My teaching contract lasts until August 27, and I plan on flying straight home after that.

Some of you have been asking, "but Dan, what group are you going with in the first place? Where are you teaching? How did you get connected to China?"

Well, those are great questions, and I apologize for not answering them sooner. I am going with a student group, AIESEC:
http://www.aiesecus.org/
Which is apparently the world's largest student group. A friend mentioned to me his plans for teaching English in China, invited me to an info. session, and I applied for an internship abroad. AIESEC Minneapolis is the LC that is sending me, and AIESEC SYSU:
http://www.sysu.edu.cn/en/index.html
is the receiving LC. There are about 30 other total college foreign-exchange students in Guangzhou this summer, teaching English; most are from the U.S., and most of those seem to be from southern California (no one else from MN though!).

I am teaching at Bart Foreign Language Training Center:
http://www.bartlanguage.com/index.asp

As far as I know, I am the only AIESECer teaching at Bart. The others are teaching at (a) different school(s). The age range of my prospective students is 5-18. My manager at the school tells me that the school devises my lesson plan, and that my job is mostly office hours, with some classroom time. It also looks like I'll be doing a fair amount of teaching (both English language and American culture) through games and songs. It sounds pretty sweet (and challenging) to me!

I will be living in an apartment, very near (if not in the same building as) the school, and about a block away from the nearest transit station.

Here's a cool video about Guangzhou:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YhRQnaCqmBA

Sunday, May 2, 2010

Updates, updates

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Also, this is my first blog...ever....BUT if you're like me and don't check things of your own accord, you can set up an RSS feed, so that whenever I post something new, you'll get an email notification. All you have to do is:



Enter in the URL, http://easternexpanse.blogspot.com/ and your email.

And click on the confirmation email. I hope that works!

First post!

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I am teaching English in Guangzhou, Guangdong province, China, this summer (late May-late August). In an effort to keep everyone up to speed this summer, I've created this blog. I'll put up pictures, and post stories of my experience here. Please comment back, as I would love to hear from you!


- Dan