Nov 10 2011
Tough Test Times are Past
My midterms are all done as of yesterday and it could not have come to soon. The tests went better than expected but I am still not sure how well I have done. I excel at reading comprehension but am woefully inept at writing characters. My speaking is on par with others but still not where I want it to be after three months in China. The hardest test for me was the listening exam. The speakers would read questions, paragraphs, or numbers and we had to answer questions about them. They simply read too fast for me, but alas I think I did ok.
Off the Reservation
My classmate Anna and I are heading off the Hangzhou reservation tomorrow to the Mogan Mountains, Moganshan in Chinese. This is a resort town between here and Shanghai. My Chinese friend is taking us with two of her. Own friends for a fun weekend of exploration and KTV. Anna and I cannot wait for this much needed break from the monotony of study.
The Best of the Rest
The rest of our time here will be spent traveling to Shanghai, Beijing, Nanjing, and marketing in Hangzhou. Since we will it be attending finals here it feels as if the worst part of classes are behind us and we can focus on these more enjoyable tasks. We are over the hill and rolling on towards December and our return home. Yet, I find myself wishing I could stay longer. I have not begun to accomplish as much as I wanted to and fear my time is spent unwisely. But Hey, I am in China and I still can not believe it at times.
I had another English class last week and as I we awaiting my twenty some students the scenery out the window caught my eye. Mountains shrouded in mist will surely be missed, the industrial wasteland, not so much.
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