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The Great Gate

rain 20 °C

Picture the scene if you will: the two young, well-respected, foreign teachers at Beilun High School; looked up to by the students and thought of as doing no wrong by the staff, arriving back at the school at 2am after at least more than one alcoholic beverage, to find the security guard, whose job it is to make sure nothing or nobody suspicious enters the school at night time, fast asleep in his hut, clearly fully invested in his responsibilities. However, I would be a hypocrite if I judged. We were faced with two choices: wake the security guard by loudly banging on the window and have to live with the guilt of potentially disturbing an amazing dream, plus have him feel annoyance and resentment towards us for the rest of our time here and have him hate us for returning four hours after the curfew, or... attempt to silently scale the electronically powered school gate. Obviously we chose the latter and succeeded in true intoxicated guerilla style. I just hope the guards never watch the security camera tapes back...

This test of our climbing strength was what happened after we went out for 'a few quiet drinks' and found ourselves meeting a group of Italians who were all on a night out in order to secure some business (what a great job by the way). As it was clearly professional drinking only, all drinks were on the company and so we enjoyed most of our night out care of their hospitality. It was lots of fun and a good chance to meet some new people. I also learnt that when an Italian hands you a shot, the correct way to drink it is to sip it gracefully and thoughtfully like a true European, not to bang it on the table and shoot it back in a couple of seconds flat. Sadly, I learnt this the embarrassing way, still I'm proud to be English and loutish.

So it doesn't sound like all I do in China is drink, I must add that I also spent my weekend (a lovely Thursday to Sunday one) sitting in students' exams and marking their papers, visiting a temple that was deserted and almost a little bit eerie, climbing a big hill with a pagoda on top, sampling some more delicious Chinese food and visiting an English book store where I managed to find plenty to entertain me for my long evenings in. Also today, we discovered a Greek takeaway and I caved and had a delicious chicken kebab. As those who know me very well will know this is my filthy food of choice, I have to say, it was the best one I have ever tasted.

Back to work tomorrow and a normal week, sadly featuring no halloween games or Thursday lie-ins.

Posted by hannahinchina 04:08 Archived in China

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