I thought I might let you know what our typical day is like.
6:00 a.m. Alarm goes off. Read scriptures. Shower. WeChat with Alisa or some other of our children. Breakfast. Gather what we need for the day.
7:30 a.m. Leave the apartment to walk 10 minutes to our classroom building that is across campus. Leaving that early makes it so we can usually catch the elevator before it gets jam packed with students. We teach on either the 5th or 6th floor, depending on the day of the week.
8:00 a.m. Start teaching our first class. There is a break from 8:50 to 9:00 and then the class ends at 9:50. There will be a 20 minute break between classes.
10:10 a.m. Second class starts. There is supposed to be a break at 11:00 to 11:10, but if the students agree, we can skip it and get out of class at 11:50. This extra 10 minutes can be important for the students because it will put them ahead of all the others in line at the school canteen. The lines get really long in a short time.
Noon - We sometimes go to the canteen for lunch. For every 4 hours that we teach, we are given a free meal at the teacher canteen which sometimes runs out of food if you aren't fast enough getting there. We also go home sometimes for a sandwich and some yogurt.
Most of the time after we finish lunch is divided into things like entering grades, shopping, lesson planning or meeting with students. We sometimes enlist the help of some students to do things like banking or phone bill paying,etc. When we were here before, we did all our apartment cleaning ourselves, but we are going to hire a service to do it this time. It costs about 50 Yuan ($8-10 US) for someone to come clean the floors. We have to do our own dishes and toilet, but it's nice to have the sweeping and mopping done by someone else.
Dinner time will either be here or at the canteen or if someone wants to take us somewhere to eat. Evening activities will include either more school work, taking a walk or visiting with some of our Chinese friends or more video chats with the kids.
Saturday, we took Kayce (SDNU teacher) along with us as we went to Five Dragon Springs and to Furong Street. It was another very hot day in Jinan. We went through the Five Dragon Springs and then we were hot, sweaty, tired and hungry, so we found a nearby Pizza Hut. I really like the Pizza Huts in China. They have great pizza, great steaks and salads and refreshing fruit drinks. AND THE AC WAS TURNED UP FULL BLAST!! It felt so good to sit there and get cooled down. The staff seemed to appreciate us coming to their restaurant also. It is a little more expensive than most Chinese Cuisine, but it was so worth it.
|This is the dragon motif at the entrance of Five Dragon Springs. Can you pick out the five dragons?|
|People are feeding the fish from the overhanging balcony. This pond if filled with hundreds of fish and some are very huge because they are so well fed.|
|Some of the pretty koi in one of the ponds.|
|David at the Five Dragons monument. The story about this spring is that there was a great drought and famine in the country. The five dragons came and made these springs for the people so they could have the water.|
|This was a cute entrance to a mall area before we got to Furong Street. We didn't go in, but it was so pretty with all the parasols and the cute statues.|
|These are squid. They open them up, fillet them and flatten them, then they bread them and fry them. I don't think I could get past the tentacles. |