Oh how I love my new home....
Well honestly, it's a love hate relationship.
This is one of the nicest schools in all of China! I can't believe how lucky I am to teach at a school as nice as this. A lot of the ILP schools around China are in really poor shape. I'm really glad I took my dad's advice about coming to Changzhou. Things here in China are good. Like always, it's a up and down roller coaster. Sometimes I want to just give up and come home. Other times I really feel like this is my home. Sometimes I think that these kids are SO spoiled and selfish. I put so much work into my lessons and then talk and goof off my whole lesson? Not cool. But then there are other times when my kids are so sweet to me. So kind and loving that it shocks me and brings me to tears. For a week I was really sick and had to miss teaching. The others teachers said that one of my girls Cici was crying and crying because she missed me. I felt so bad about it that I tried to teach even when I knew that I shouldn't. When she saw me she ran and jumped in my arms and started to sob.. It even made me cry!(Well I guess I cry really easily anyways haha.) I asked one of the Chinese english teachers to tell her in Chinese that I am back and that I am not going anywhere, and not to be sad anymore. The Chinese teacher told me that she was just crying because she was sad that I was sick, and not feeling well. I was so touched by this.... I just rocked her and she was stroking my face and hair and for the rest of the day she held my hand through the lesson and was always asking me if I was okay. She would get onto the naughty kids for me saying, "Teacher Kylee is sick! You are not being good! BE GOOD!" Haha. It was so sweet. So like always, I have so many downs, but so many ups. I can be furious with my kids because someone tried to steal from my classroom, but then they will turn around and give me the most tender hug and tell me that they love me. ITS EXHAUSTING!!! Hahaha.
The view from my classroom.
Shangri-la dinning hall... haha
Dorm building. There are fountains on the other side :)
Dorm buildings again! You can kinda see the pools, but the fountains aren't on.
Know that I am happy here! I love my kids and my life. More to come soon! I love and miss you all!!!