From Jamie's Philippines Pics

We have also had the opportunity to travel to some amazing places in China, Cambodia, Thailand, Vietnam, the Philippines, and Bali. We have archived all of our travels and living experiences abroad; and if you wish, you can read about our adventures by finding the archives on the right of this page and by checking our Photo Album.

We appreciate all of our family and friends who have stayed in touch and emailed us with encouraging words throughout the year. We hope you will continue to keep us in your thoughts as we continue our adventure of living abroad teaching at an international school. For those who have stumbled upon our site, check out the "About Eric and Jamie" section on the right for more information.

Thanks for checking us out!

Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrow-mindedness."
- Mark Twain

"Perhaps travel cannot prevent bigotry, but by demonstrating that all peoples cry, laugh, eat, worry, and die, it can introduce the idea that if we try and understand each other, we may even become friends."
- Maya Angelou






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Monday, September 28, 2009

Year 2 in China begins

It has been a while since I have been able to post. China has blocked blogspot and picasa, so I haven't been able to post since leaving the Philippines August 21.

Jamie and I have completed 4 weeks of school for our 2nd year in China at QSI International School in Shekou.

I am teaching Reading/Language Arts, Math, and Cultural Studies while Jamie teaches Intensive English and Science. We are both sponsoring Student Council in the middle school and overseeing the hosting of the Model United Nations for middle school next year. It has been a busy beginning to the school year, but much different than our brand new start last year.

We have moved into a new apartment that is just 2 buildings down from our old one, but it is much nicer and much much quieter. We enjoy our new furniture and Griffey enjoys riding the elevator down 19 floors. He has adjusted quite nicely in China and still enjoys the smells and has actually been better with the larger dogs in the city.

Jamie and I decided to visit Vietnam for our first trip this year. We have heard nothing but good things about touring in Vietnam, so we decided to check out northern Vietnam and check out the southern part later on. Check out my next post for information concerning our trip to Halong Bay and Hanoi.

I hope everyone stays in touch despite the blog and Facebook being down. I only hear from a couple of people, but hope we can stay in touch with all of our friends and former co-workers from back home.

We hope everyone's new school year has started out well or that everyone's work year has continued through the summer.

Take care and read some more about our visit to Vietnam.

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