Teaching English in China Part Two – The SARS Epidemic

Ask any ESL teacher that has taught abroad and they’ll tell you that their first few months, heck the first year, is rife with challenges. What happens, though, when the country that you’ve moved to suddenly experiences a health epidemic, like SARS or Avian flu, Here’s what happened to me during the 2003 SARS epidemic in Mainland China. Continue Reading →

Teaching English in China Part One – The Journey Begins

It’s a scary thing to pick up and move your life to the other side of the world. I got my first taste of that when I was 27 and on my way to Changchun, China on March 23rd, 2003. I was going to spend a year abroad teaching English in China.
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China Travelogue: To Changbaishan and Heart-in-Mouth Bus Rides

Changbaishan is a mountain range on the Chinese-Korean border in Northeast China. Heavenly Lake sits in a volcanic crater at the top of a mountain. Continue Reading →