In this episode, I learn to truly negotiate at the Shanghai knock-off market.
In this episode, I ditch my big travelling group and discover the French Concession. I also visit The Bund with Ciaran and we go clubbing!
Have you ever wondered how many people you can jam in a train wagon? Me neither! Until now...
In this episode, I break Shannon's #1 rule of things not to do in China: visit the zoo. I also take a stroll around Lake Xuhanwu and discover that nothing is sacred in China.
In this episode, I continue my trip to Nanjing and meet an unlikely travelling companion. I visit the Nanjing Memorial and the Confucius temple.
In this episode, I travel to the city of Nanjing for my first solo trip outside of Shangqiu. I visit the Purple Mountain and discover the potential origin of its name.
In this episode, a flood hits Shangqiu which forces us to take a few days off. Also, I meet up with my Chinese friend for a quick lunch and a lesson in small town transportation.
In this episode, we are formally invited to a banquet to celebrate the beginning of the school year. My Chinese table etiquette knowledge is tried as I end up being the guest of honor. I also finally meet my students and discover that my Canadian teaching methods will be completely useless there.
In this episode, I meet my fellow foreign teacher and my new town. I also quickly realize that as one of the only foreigner in a town of about 800 000 people, I can kiss my anonymity goodbye.
In this episode, I finally meet my boss for the first time and he announces to me that we will go to Zhengzhou so I can get a medical exam done... euh... what?
In this second episode, I finally land in China and get my first glimpse of China. I am still not out of the woods though as I have another plane ride and a few hours in a car to get to my new city.
In this very first episode, I announce to my family that I am leaving my cushy life in Canada to take up a teaching job in the middle of the Chinese countryside. I do my research, talk to the recruiter and finally lock down the offer that will take me across the world and in very unknown territory.