Monday, 22 December 2008

Going Home

For over one week I have completely negleted my blog. This is mainly due to having a seven day working week -- and nothing else of interest happening. I ended up with this workload due to Chuck leaving Web for a new job. We decided to exchange days off which meant I had a very enjoyable four day weekend last week, but had to endure seven days of non-stop work this week. As the week progressed, it seemed the nearer I got to my final lessons, the slower the minutes were ticking. I also slipped into "holiday mode" far too early, which meant that instead of having the motivation to teach five classes on Sunday, all I really wanted to do was lie in bed and watch a terrible Christmas film.

Today I came to the end of my seven day run. It was also my final day at Web for over one month. Tomorrow I will begin my long journey back home to England. It is going to be tiring. At 6 o'clock tomorrow I leave Wenzhou for Shanghai Pudong Airport. I will then be whisked to Dubai where I will leave one plane and board another. Finally, I should arrive in Manchester by 7pm on Christmas Eve. Altogether it will be around 30 hours of travelling -- brilliant.

I received my first Christmas present of the year this week. It was given to me by a student at Web -- Paul. I was very touched at this, and also realised that I really have made a few good friends at work, not just in the teaching staff. I will open it on Christmas day.

My first present -- at the base of my incredibly tiny Christmas tree

I also had a Christmas class with the children I usually teach on Saturday. Because I was working all day we had to arrange it for the evening. I thought I wouldn't be able to handle it because I was so tired, but I actually had a very enjoyable time. Crystal -- the lady who I work with -- also gave me a Christmas bonus which was extremely kind. At the end of the lesson we had a few pictures taken. I took a couple with Crystal's baby, and realised I have no idea how to hold one properly.

Me (looking sleepy) with my Saturday class

With the oldest student in the class (I've uploaded this one because my eyes are open)

The boys

Me and Crystal

I am very excited about going home, the only negative is that Kimi couldn't come with me. I will miss her very much, but at least we have Skype to make things easier.

Next time I write, I will be in England. Here's hoping for a smooth journey.


Elwin said...

Merry Christmas, Chris! ;D

mabelp said...

Oh! 30 hrs for a flight is very long, I hope u're ok after this long flight!!

It seems u have many good students now. That means your efforts have not been wasted! Cool!

Wish u and your family a Merry X'mas!!


Merry Christmas~!! :D
Im missing u already! How's England?haha,Sadie must be really excited,are u stroking her now?!! Love u! xxx

Ihengsi said...

Unless Chris is flying to the moon, I think the 30 hours include waiting time in Dubai, not just flight time.

Chris, have a wonderful time with your family!

Chris said...

Thank you everybody. I hope you had a Merry Christmas too.

Yes, my flight was painful, and did include the stop in the airport. This time the big wait was in Shanghai Pudong, for 9 hours, then I had a shorter wait in Dubai for just 3 hours. I do hope I can afford to get a direct flight next time!!

Sadie was very happy to see me too, she was all around me(I should mention that she's one of my cats).