Day 211: Publicity Stunts with Kites

21 Mar

Another week has gone by and as it has passed spring has moved back in and warmed our hearts. Seriously, with the warmer weather and blue skies, we’ve not had to dress in half of our closet to go outside, we’ve been able to bask in the sun for the first time in what feels like a lifetime, and the smog has been pretty much nonexistent this week. We can finally breathe!

This week was kind of strange in that I only taught Monday, Thursday, and Friday and Duncan only taught Monday and Tuesday, but it was a good week nonetheless. My students were great. We had a lot of fun reviewing what they’ve supposedly learned thus far this semester and even my eighth graders were the best they’ve ever been. I definitely think the change in weather has something to do with the improvement in everyone’s mood.

Today we started the day by going to the kite celebration the elementary school hosted to celebrate the first day of spring. All of the students at the Baoding Eastern Bilingual School have been making, preparing, and practicing flying kites all week to get ready for the celebration today when parents were allowed on campus and the students showed off their mad pom-pom skills and kite-flying (aka kite running). Though it became pretty clear we were invited primarily as a publicity stunt, we had a lot of fun watching the kids run around with their parents and their kites and their excitement to see us made us look really good in front of our bosses (well, Duncan’s kids’ excitement made him look really good in front of our boss; most of my kids had to stay in or go back to class before I got a chance to say hello).

I don’t have any social commentary tangents to go on today so I’m going to include some pictures I’ve taken throughout the week.

Spotted on the wall in the middle school hallway:

Bike queue at a cross-walk during rush hour traffic every single day:

In the midst of the chaos:

Some more “inspiration” found on a bulletin board at the school (who wrote this?):

We are staying in Baoding this weekend to enjoy the nice, smog-free weather and to do some spring-cleaning in our apartment. Our next trip will probably be to Datong to see some more grottoes but we haven’t decided when we want to go yet. Maybe we’ll go on our next long weekend.

As always, thank you for reading and until next time,


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