Miyun Week 3
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The week at school went ok. I seem to be settling into a routine so no real highlights to speak of...
Iâ€™m getting to know the students a bit better, and I definitely have some classes I like more than others, which was to be expected. The students are generally pretty lazy, not a huge surprise at their age, so it takes quite a lot of effort and energy to get them motivated. I spent the week trying to think of fun games to play in the next lesson plan.
Inga and I have to do activities with the teachers each week, which involves selecting a subject to discuss with them. The idea of the exercise is to help them practise their oral English. You would think this would be straightforward, but no - T.
We gave them a list of subjects we could discuss and asked them to let us know which ones they were interested in. Despite this, they still had little to say. To make matters worse, the teachers from the different grades are interested in different things, so if a teacher activity works well with one group, it can fall flat on its arse with another.
Friday brought the usual trip into Beijing. Nobody else was around on the Friday evening, so Inga and I headed out to find a bar at Houhai known as the No-Name-Bar. Iâ€™d read about it in a great little guidebook and it sounded pretty cool, but as it really had no name, I envisaged it being a little hard to find! However, despite my usual bad luck at finding places in Beijing, we managed to get to the No-Name-Bar with relative ease. It was everything weâ€™d hope for.... a great view of the lake, a cosy and relaxed atmosphere AND reasonably priced G&Ts!
Paranoid Mike called to say he was around, so came to join us later in the evening.
The following day Inga and I decided to head back to the Summer Palace, after having such a disappointing visit whilst still at UIBE. We had a really great afternoon walking around as itâ€™s such a beautiful place and a real must-see when in Beijing.
I bought a rather fetching Chinese princess headdress for Â¥10. An absolute bargain for the fun I was to get out of it.
After finally deciding celebrity life was not for me, I removed the headdress to restore anonymity before getting a taxi to our bus station....
Typically we managed to get lost as the taxi driver took us a different route, which confused me massively. Despite being in Beijing for 2 months, I just canâ€™t seem to orientate myself, which is quite surprising for someone who usually has a very good sense of direction. I have a feeling that Ingaâ€™s total lack of direction is somehow rubbing off on me.