August 30, 2013
We’ve arrived in Baoding. It’s much different than either of us expected. It’s much more rural, our school is isolated from the rest of the city, and everything is much older and poorer than we expected.
We share an apartment/dorm with two rooms and a bathroom on the fourth floor of a building that doesn’t seem to have much else in it. There’s a office used during the day time, some dormitories, and a couple classrooms but that’s about it. We will have the entire fourth floor to ourselves for the year and right now, we’re the only people in this building over night.
Duncan will be teaching K-4 and I will be teaching grades 5-8 plus international students. We get our syllabi, class schedules, and textbooks tomorrow. We will also be going to the police for some government formalities getting our transportation tickets to visit the doctor Monday for another medical exam.
Since this is a boarding school, students will be moving onto the campus on Sunday and classes start Monday though we won’t be teaching until Tuesday. Fortunately, that gives us three days to figure out what we’re doing.
The two teachers we’ve met so far, Ms. Ruth who picked us up from the airport and Ms. Li the head of the Foreign Affairs Office, both seem very friendly and nice. They do, however, seem intimidated by Duncan and keep directing all questions and conversation to me which is unfortunate because I do not have all the answers.
We’ve settled in nicely into our rooms now that we are unpacked and comfortable. We’re a little overwhelmed at the moment by the year that lies dauntingly in front of us but I’m sure we’ll get the hang of it before we know it!
Once our rooms are a little more tidied up, I will post pictures.
Have a good night!