I think we’ve now had 3 power blackouts since we arrived nearly 3 weeks ago in Changsha, Hunan, China. Each time it happens I’m invariably typing an email, word document, or power point for a lesson . . . I only lost some work one time, though, so no lasting damage was done.
We picked up six packs of candles from a store, and now make it a practice to keep the flashlight I brought with me in my suitcase in the same spot so we can find it in the dark if we need to. As for matches and lighters, we actually don’t have any cause we’ve just been using the gas range to light the candles.
I don’t know why the power goes out here. The first time it only seemed like our apartment compound side of the street was effected, so maybe it has to do with the age of the building and the way its wired.
Anyways, tonight Julianne and I had another native teacher couple over for dinner. We had pasta with chicken and cheese, some dumplings, and orange juice (I had some nice Cabernet Sauvignon but learned that the couple didn’t drink so I put that away–more for me later, lol).
The conversation ranged from teaching in Asia/China/Korea to traveling around China to how things were going for Julianne and I in our courses so far. The couple we had over haven’t started teaching as they are working with post-grad oral conversation courses that don’t begin till the middle of October and run until the third week of January. We end up getting a longer winter break because our undergrad courses end in the second week of December, but they get six weeks off at the beginning of the semester, and then some more time off at the end of January and into February. I’m not sure which I’d prefer, but I think I like having the bigger block of time off in the winter.
Today was a really nice day otherwise. I went for a two hour walk in Martyr’s Park and snapped about 300 shots which I’ll edit and upload the better pics later this weekend.
It feels really nice not having a 22 classes per week/8 hours a day in a teachers office/co-teaching schedule . . . I’m seriously loving most of the things about my daily life in China, and hope it continues.
I’ll write a post later about round two, Mr. Mouse vs. Julianne, as their saga continues to develop. Julianne apparently did some Net research about I.M.T.’s (“improvised mouse traps), and she’s going to set up one of the I.M.T.’s tonight and try to get Mr. Mouse.
Mr. Mouse will, of course, not be caught by her nefarious schemes!
Long live Mr. Mouse!