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May 4, 2010 - First day of teaching

Nia Hao, Today was our first day teaching at the school. As my lesson was only in the afternoon i had all morning to make my final preparations! As soon as we arrived at the school the children rushed to crowd us and were shouting 'Hello!!!' My lesson was just a general one to begin with, getting to know the children, so we learnt sentences such as 'Hello', 'What is your name?' 'How old are you' etc... and the children actually began to understand their meaning as i wrote them on the board and we practiced conversations in partners and...

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May 3, 2010 - Bank Holiday Monday

Ni Hao!! Today has been a very interesting day, full of different activities!!! This morning, Chris, Helen and I took the bikes out for another spin. There are only two bikes so i ran alongside for the first bit and we kept rotating! We cycled through a small village nearby and the scenery, although much the same as everywhere else nearby, was beautiful! We were trying to complete a circuit from our house and so following the directions of an elderly local we headed down a dirt track, only to come out at the river. The only way to get to...

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May 2, 2010 - Weekend

Ni hao! This weekend has been very relaxing and enjoyable! We have our weekends free to do whatever we like and so on Saturday we went on a bike ride!!! The bikes however had no gears, wonky handlebars, dodgy brakes and THE most uncomfortable seat imaginable!!! Yet still we cycled for nearly 3 hours... we paid for it later though! We didn't really know where we were going but followed the road to the river and stopped at the bridge. We then took a few detours and meandered through some very small villages, Much like where we are staying,...

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May 1, 2010 - Off to visit Blue Sky's family in their village.

May holidays commenced today. Most people get 3 days. Lin was informed yesterday she has 7 days/ hoorah. Everyone up early ready to go to bus station. Blue Sky got to house to travel with us by taxi to the west of town bus station. We purchased tickets once Blue Sky's brothers arrived. The first leg of the trip was tickets from Zhaoqing to Wuzhou @ 45 yuan each Bus tickets were for the 9 40 am bus, think our 8 40 am bus was full. After leaving the bus station the driver stopped on side of road and picked up more passengers. There were no...

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Apr 29, 2010 - Market

Ni hao!! Today we went to the local market. We had a task to fulfill... We each were given five yuan (equivalent to 50p) and had to buy our our vegetables. This meant speaking in Chinese to the seller. In our lessons we had learnt how to ask how much? and how to say things like its too expensive etc and so we haggled as best we could and each came away with some delicious goods! With my money i bought carrots and snap peas. Of course i spent the exact amount, not a yuan more or a yuan less! It was great fun and we all felt a great sense of...

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Apr 28, 2010 - Hongyan

Hello again, Today has been brilliant!!! We awoke early for Tai Chi which was so much fun and really relaxing!!! I definitely has too much of a balled posture though and need to relax more!!! We then learnt how to make traditional Chinese oil tea. It was delicious! After breakfast we had our first Chinese language lesson. We learnt about Chinese names then picked our own and learnt how to write it in both the Pinyin and Character forms! We then learnt how to bargain for fruit and veg and meat at the market and Dora even taught us to...

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Apr 27, 2010 - Gongcheng

Hello! Today we went to the small village of Gongcheng where we visited some old Chinese temples. The first was the temple of Confucius which was symbolic of the importance of education, careers and knowledge. The second and third temples were both representative of wealth and happiness and people go there to wish for such things in their lives and pray to Buddha or their own gods etc... There are stages here also where ceremonies and performances take place in celebration of happiness. The temples were beautiful and we took lots of...

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Apr 26, 2010 - Yangshou

26th AprilĀ  So TODAY has actually been the best day so far. Got up for an amaIng cafe breakfast in the sun and then uttered the words that could have potentialy made or ruined the day... 'i fancy a bike ride' Karine was thinking the same thing, Louise was not and was actually quite reluctant buy decided she would take one for the team as it is the best way to see yangshou. So we hires bikes and instantly regretted it as we tried to navigate through the busiest street. When people say 'it's like riding a bike' there lying because riding a...

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Apr 26, 2010 - Guilin, China

Hello from China!!! I made it!!! It was so strange travelling alone without my two trusty companions!!! Miss them both lots!!! It was a long journey but after two trains, a bus, 3 planes and a taxi i finally made it to Guilin China!!! It looks like a beautiful place. There are two other English girls on the same project, Christine who's 21 and from Swindon and Helen who's 33 and hasn't lived in the UK for 10years but instead has lived in Italy and Mexico and has travelled to so many places!!! The night we arrived we met some other...

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Apr 24, 2010 - Guilin

24th April sleeper train, yes yes yes I love sleepertrains. This one was 25rs long which meant that I could have a lie in aswel. After packed days it was nice to just chill out lie in bed just chatting, snacking and Reading my books. I've started enjoying books again and have been book swapping with the one I aquired from the houton hostel in Beijing. The loitering guy eventually came to speak to me when iwas in bed and the other two were asleep! He wanted to know what free trade was. I said I didn't know, which is half true (without...

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Feb 20, 2010 - Off to Guilin, after some panic moments!

Rony was coming over this morning, to collect the jacket for his baby nephew. Imagine my surprise when he arrived, with his sister May, and the baby. So we all had a chance to cuddle and talk with him. He is a lovely little fellow, very outgoing, and ready to smile and chuckle. Rony is obviously very proud of him, and loves him very much!! Today was the first day that the banks would be open, to exchange money for us, so Blue Sky and his brother came around later in the morning, and we all went in to town, to the Bank of China, to get some...

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Jan 20, 2010 - Nanning

20 jan: We vetrekken 's ochtends uit Yangshuo en komen 's middags in Nanning aan. Na even zoeken vinden we een hostel op de 11e verdieping van een appartementencomplex.(Oh nee, als het maar geen 'Hong Kong hostel' zal zijn). Het tegenovergestelde is waar, een super ruime en luxe kamer en badkamer, wow! Omdat het voor ons een plaats is om door te reizen naar Vietnam zijn we hier maar een 1 nacht. Nanning bestaat uit een oud en een nieuw gedeelte, we lopen door beide. In het oude gedeelte, op een foodmarkt, zien we een hond en een kop van...

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