Settling into a Routine

Hi all – thank you so much for all your emails and comments on the previous posts. It’s nice to know you enjoyed the video and great to hear from you. I am adjusted to the time zone difference now and settling into a routine. Don’t have time right now to post more photos/videos so forgive me for a text-only post.

Monica and I started our second teaching week on Tuesday, after being off Monday for the Mid-Autumn Festival, a holiday which fell on Sunday but for which a day-off-work was given on Monday. As I may have mentioned, we travel a couple of hours each Friday afternoon and Sunday afternoon to move between our school quarters (see previous video) and our rooms (beds, really) at the flat in southwest Shanghai. The flat is basically a small hostel where you sleep in a room with other people and share a bathroom.

The trip from the flat to the school on ChangXing island includes a taxi ride to the Wusong ferry terminal, located at Wusong Harbor, and a ferry ride down (and across) the Yangtze to the island, not far from where the river meets the South China sea. The 45-minute ferry ride is not bad: even Monica who has a little uneasiness about getting sea-sick has been fine so far. Sometimes we’re on a large, slower, boat and other times a smaller, faster boat. It’s hard to see much of the area from the boat because there are so many ships in the waters. I read somewhere that this part of the Yangtze is the busiest place in the world for watercraft. I’ll try to get some good video of the ferry journey and post it in the future. The taxi ride to/from the Wusong terminal takes about 40 minutes and costs us about $10 each – kind of expensive but we both think it’s worth avoiding the 2-hour train ride on which you often have to stand for much of the way.

OK, this will be brief – Monica and I meet outside our rooms to go to our breakfast place (also in previous video) at 7AM and that’s in a few minutes. Monica really likes the breakfasts, which include baozi (a bread-dough like roll often stuffed with pork or vegetables) and I think they’re good but I miss my cereal 🙂 I could probably find cereal in Shanghai but keeping milk would be a problem without a refrigerator. If there’s anything in the way of food/drink I miss it’s cold drinks – the Chinese drink warm/hot water all day and it’s hard to find cold water in the stores (not impossible though.) I’ve thought about buying a small fridge for my room but, so far, I’ve decided to avoid that expense.

That’s all for now – I have 4 classes to teach today, my busiest day, and I’m sure I’ll be fatigued at the end of it. It’s still pretty hot and humid here and the classrooms are not air-conditioned – that adds to the fatigue factor, I think.

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