Back in March of 2007 I moved to China not knowing what I was getting into. When I moved to the PRC I originally thought I was going to be moving to Shenyang but it turns out that at the last minute, I was already flying from Nashville to Chicago, the plans changed and while the school was the same I was reallocated to the city of Qingdao. After a six month stint under the atrocity that is WECL (World Exchange College of English, a small English training center) I moved to Nanjing and began working at Nanjing Finance and Economics University with the help of a guy I met in Qingdao over the summer of 2007. After really feeling the stress of culture shock I returned home in early 2008 only to find that the US offered me an endless job search with the only success resulting in low paying jobs and the absence of the excitement of living in a new environment, no matter how difficult it could be at times. I sound my way back to China through Concordia University’s Master of Arts in International Studies, a cheap master’s and you get what you pay for in this case. I returned to Nanjing as part of the “internship” required by Concordia but only spent one year here as I was still teaching ESL but really wanted to teach history. In Fall of 2009 with the help of a classmate I landed a job at an international high school in Shanghai teaching ESL, World History, and Chinese Geography. Due to a miss communication with the man “negotiating” the contracts but that couldn’t speak English we arrived at an impasse and I returned to Nanjing and my old job. That’s my history in the PRC thus far, more stories and pictures to come.

Since living in China I have usually taken two trips a year, winter and summer, and have been to Beijing, Shanghai, Zhejiang, Shandong, Yunnan, Sichuan, Guizhou, Guangxi, Xinjiang, Shanxi, Jiangsu, Jiangxi, Anhui, and Hebei (also slept in the Hong Kong airport and depending on how you count I have been to Taiwan).

Links to Pictures: Guizhou 贵州    Guangxi 广西    Nanjing/Shanghai 南京/上海    Xinjiang 新疆

Sichuan 四川

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