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rain 5 °C

The book of learning this week:

- Do not. I repeat, do not get sick in China. This is a miserable experience, particularly when you have to run along school corridors trying not to hurl over the exercise books, lay in your bed and watch the same four programmes repeated over and over again on the only English tv channel which happens to be a news channel (ask me about the eurozone crisis, I know it all now) and have only vegetables and fruit to not stay in your body when all you want is some dry toast and some heinz tomato soup. There was also a trip to the school doctor which involved me laying on a bed in what appeared to be a hospital room from the 1920s and being told I had a cold. Hmmm....

- How to deal with a student who is in love with you. Her name is Bella and she is a very sweet girl but when she starts coming into your office everyday to ask questions you can't answer such as "Why can we say the crop was gathered and not the crop was picked?", starts writing you letters in her homework book, sends you emails, and gets her mother to write to you about how sad she is that you're leaving, how I should stay in China in order to make her happy and that she wants to 'see me off' at the airport, it's time to get worried. I might also add that she said I was like God. Clearly this is a true statement though...

- Having 2.5% beer as your only source of alcohol makes for a seriously lightweighted person and so when given just two glasses of vodka and orange for the first time in a long while, you will experience head spinning, be home by 9pm and wake up at 2am with all your lights on, still dressed in all your clothes, laying on top of your bed. Shameful. This is a pre-warning for all those home coming drinks.

- China is cold in winter. Particularly when your office and all the classrooms are practically outside and everytime someone opens the door, a gust of freezing air swirls into the room. Living in coats is now the norm and blue fingers are my new accessory. Building yourself up to going to the toilet is like getting out of bed in the morning, there is a countdown and it takes a lot of effort from within.

Posted by hannahinchina 17:05 Archived in China

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