Well, this is the 200th post on my blog and while I usually don’t do any kind of special post to mark numbers I decided this might be a good one to say our university contracts end at the beginning of July and we’ve decided to move on to a new country.
We had planned on living and teaching in China for 2-3 years but a myriad of factors have influenced us to change that plan. One of them has to do with the value of the yuan and how Julianne and I plan to do graduate work in education over the next 2-3 years . . . unfortunately the yuan just doesn’t cut it when paying tuition in other currencies.
We considered moving on to teaching jobs in Beijing or Shanghai but again the financial factors made that unfeasible right now. There’s a possibility that we might come back in a few years from now with graduate degrees and a butt-load of teaching experience and try to find good positions in the two big cities but who knows what the future holds.
I’ve grown to love a lot of Chinese foods, the much more relaxed day to day pace of life (in contrast with Korea’s “bally-bally” (hurry-hurry) culture), and a plethora of other Chinese cultural phenomena that give me opportunities to use my camera and experience new ways of seeing humanity in general.
Some things I will not miss include,
– insane and incessant honking by scooters, cars, buses, trucks with air horns, etc
– power cutting out during the summer heat when there’s a blackout and I’m working on my computer/lesson plans/writing
– men (and women!) dredging up from the pits of their lungs phlegm to then hock on the sidewalk
– feeling like my life is in imminent danger when riding the bus to work
And lastly the Internet speed! Uploading pics at 3kbs when you have a DSLR camera is an exercise in patience that I really could do without on a daily basis.
Anyways, time to do some more blogging with new pics I took.