As the year is coming to an end I thought it was time for an update on how my life in China has been going. I haven’t been writing on GoYvon as much as I would have wanted (or maybe should), but I hope that will change in 2013.
Truth to be told, I keep another blog as well. That one is in Dutch and although my English is almost at the level of a native, writing in Dutch is just easier than writing in English. Maybe that should be reason enough to update this blog more often?
Anyways, my year in Shenyang is almost over. As most of you might know, Miguel and I are not going to stay in Shenyang. We live really far out (it takes a good hour to get to the centre), we have very little classes and teaching university students is just not for me. This year I learned why I studied education and became a primary school teacher.
Where will we be living?
We are moving to the capital of China, to Beijing! I can’t say how excited I am about this. I remember saying I wouldn’t want to live in cities like Beijing or Shanghai (too big), but after living in Shenyang I’m ready for it.
We went to Beijing last weekend to find an apartment (no school that provides housing this time). Which was quite the adventure. I will tell more about that in a different blogpost. Luckily we had help from one of my new co-workers. We couldn’t have done anything of the process without her.
After seeing about 6 apartments we visited a place that would eventually become ours. It has a living room, 2 bedrooms, a kitchen, a bathroom and a little patio attached to one of the bedrooms. I especially like the patio. I see myself sitting there in a comfy chair, enjoying the sun (if it’s not too polluted, that is), cup of tea in one hand, book in the other.
The location is great as well. We’re only 2 stops away from the Beijing Railway station and I think it would take about 15-20 minutes to get to the Tian’anmen Square! I’ve explored the neighborhood a little bit and from what I’ve seen it is a nice area. There is big market with veggies, fruit, meat and dry products, several restaurants and a couple of supermarkets. I can’t wait to explore some more.
What will I be doing?
I found a new job a couple of weeks ago. I will be teaching at one of the international kindergartens that HuiJia schools has. There are 4 kindergartens that are going to be international and I will teach at one of these schools. Besides teaching I will probably also be doing other things, but I’m unsure about what exactly. They have just started changing these schools, so a lot of things are still up in the air.
I visited the school last weekend and it was great to see children in a school again. A school for children, that’s where I belong. The people I’ve met are very friendly, the school is brand new and looks really nice, so I can’t wait to start work!
Who will be visiting?
Well, it is not to me to answer this question. I am pretty sure that my cousin and her husband will be visiting me & Miguel in spring. They live in China as well, so it’s not too far.
Also that one Pakistani friend I have should visit. Especially since I’m not the only of his friends living in Beijing. There’s like (at least) 3 more.
Other people are more than welcome too! So let me know in a comment if you are planning on visiting me.