Sunday, February 10, 2013


I got another raise at my school. So far I've made more money each year in China than I did the previous year. That's still going from a really small amount of money to another really small amount of money, but up is better than down. I'm making nearly double what I was making my first year in China. At this rate if I stay here another 20 or 30 years I'll really be raking it in. I'm probably not saving as much money as when I was in Alaer though since there was absolutely nothing to spend the money on in Xinjiang. Here in Guangzhou there are a lot more temptations. There is a nice foreign supermarket, but it's really expensive.

I also got my class schedule for the next semester which starts in a few weeks. I have some oral English classes with non-English majors, which means the level will be a lower but since I had had the same students for a year I'm happy to have some new ones. I liked the old students but I had run through every activity I know and it was getting hard. I also have a writing class. This is the first time I've taught anything like that. I hear it's actually fairly hard to teach, but I only have two classes of it so it won't be so bad. Some variety can be nice.

Friday, February 1, 2013

Winter is Over

Well it had a good run. Winter in Guangzhou started some time in December with temperatures during the day falling into the low 50's (the horror). Now, though, winter is pretty clearly over. It's 80 degrees today and I'm wearing shorts. The forecast calls for it to stay in the 70's and 80's for the foreseeable future. So that's two months of "winter" and now we head right back to 10 months of summer.