For all my loyal followers (I’m sure there must be one or two! lol) you’ve probably noticed I’ve been rather inactive the last few weeks. Firstly it was because I was back in England and doing very little and not feeling very inspired. (curse my willingness to surrender to myself when I am back in England…) Secondly, and more importantly I was leading up to my latest adventure, which is now in full swing… So, on the road to Dalian….
In the end I was cutting it a bit fine in regards to getting my visa and such. ANOTHER (sigh…) goodbye to my parents and I was off on my way to London to pick up my visa on the way to the airport. Thankfully it was ready with no last minute hassles included. Such has been my aggravation at all embassies in the past year I was more than ready for them to conclude it wasn’t ready!
I arrived at Heathrow, my cold having now progressed nicely. I felt terrible and knew It was going to be a long flight. Fast forward several uneventful hours later and I touched down and passed through customs to be greeted by a nice young lady from NDI, my new workplace.
We sped off in a taxi and I found out I was staying in a hotel for the first night, at my expense. I wasn’t sure of the arrangements beforehand, so needless to say I was unorganised in the money department. We scrambled around outside and eventually I had some cash. I was feeling horrible as my cold seemed to be getting worse, but excited at what lay ahead. My Chines adventure had began!
The following morning I was greeted by Andy, the senior foreign teacher. We headed out on the light rail and 30 mins later I was walking into an massive shopping centre learning that this is where the school was. It was all a little overwhelming, especially considering I really didn’t have a great deal of information on the school. I wasn’t worried though. I had a good feeling before hand that everything would be fine, and after meeting some of the staff and learning a bit more about the job I knew I was going to enjoy the next year!
No rest for the weak though. After a brief introduction I was off apartment hunting with Candice. We looked at 5 apartmnts. I didn’t want to blow my budget, though in reality the best choice was the most expensive. A new place which a great view, and only a fifteen minute walk into work. Perfect. Done deal!
By the end of the day I was in the flat, crashing my head down on one of my jackets and curling into my sleeping bag.
The following day was an induction if you will. Saturday was D-Day, and I was understandably nervous being that it was my first day of teaching. It all went fine though and no major blunders occurred…
Sunday, was to be my first public performance. Much sooner than expected one must say! NDI was putting on a performance, and after hearing Andy really wasn’t into performing a song I volunteered. We managed to get hold of a guitar and after a quick rehearsal beforehand I was soon on stage singing Deep Elm Blues (It had to be a dead related song of course!) The only annoying thing was that the mic for my guitar fell after the intro, so effectively you could only hear my voice (thankfully by today my sinuses had cleared up!) I enjoyed playing and it was a enjoyable performance. I’m quite relieved I went on early as several dance performances by several very ‘spicy’ Chinese woman followed, and I fear I would have had a hard time remembering the words should my spot have been later…
So I’m now settled in one would say. I’ve bought all the necessary ‘junk’ one needs to fill and function in an apartment and I’m enjoying the environment at school. Updates will follow of course!