We’ve been in China for a little over a week now, and it’s been a rollercoaster! We arrived in Shenzhen about 12 hours before school started, and it was brutal. We spent Thursday and Friday making brief appearances at school and doing a lot of “official” things: getting health and background checks, getting phones set up, buying some house stuff, etc. For those two days, we were home around 4 p.m, and we fell asleep between 4:30 and 6, then woke up around 10 p.m, and then maybe got a couple more hours of sleep before we had to be up for the day. On Saturday, we had dinner plans with a few people from work, which forced us to stay awake until after the sun went down. We ate family-style Chinese food and stayed out past 10 p.m, which felt like a Herculean task, but it definitely helped our bodies get a little more on track.
Starting Monday, we jumped into work. I’m teaching second grade, which will definitely take some getting used to! The kids already speak English so well, and I’m excited to see how they improve this year.
We haven’t had a chance to do much exploring yet, but our school is nice and our apartment is great. I’ll try to post more as it unfolds, but for now we’re just settling in.
Here’s a quick photo that I took on the night we arrived. The view from our living room window. More to come!