Desperate for an adventure or a glutton for punishment, I’m not sure which. Either way, I’m off to China for the third summer in a row. Despite the heat, humidity and the fact that I have to work to earn my keep, I seem to enjoy my ‘holidays’ in the Middle Kingdom, though after trip number two, felt I needed a year off to enjoy a ‘proper’ holiday.

This year however there is a twist. A little difference that made me want to go again. I will be joined part way through by hubby who, despite enjoying three weeks of freedom during the past two summers, has finally decided to see for himself what all the fuss is about. Between you and me I think it’s the idea of bottle of beer for 27p that was the real draw, though I will continue to flatter myself with the idea that he actually wants to experience all this with his beloved wife.

The other difference this year is that instead of teaching English, I will be teaching Maths, preparing Chinese students about to embark on British GCSE courses. This of course means less singing, dancing and role play, and more functional tasks, investigations and exam practice. Hmm, starting to sound much more like hard work than I was intending it to be…

So, after months of planning, reading travel guides, making lists, buying ridiculous amounts of toiletries, learning to speak Mandarin and collecting resources, I am almost ready to go.

See you in a little over 4 weeks! xx

An Oriental Summer

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Posted by on Friday 20 July 2012 in China