Ugh, this week has been a bit rough. For the first time since we arrived I have been feeling pretty homesick. It’s the beginning of summer and all my friends are getting ready for fun in the sun. I can’t even remember the last time I saw the sun. Many of my friends are graduating and I wish I was in Knoxville to see them walk. I also can’t believe it’s been a year since I graduated and I miss college. Significant things are going on with my family as well that I wish I was around for. And my brother is coming home this month, and it has been over a year since I have seen him. I’m only writing this post because this is also a part of the expat experience and it’s just as real as all the exciting times. Just know that I miss you all at home!
I have been continuing to work doubles everyday as my boss has seemingly disappeared. He was supposed to be gone for 2 weeks and I agreed to teach his class of 20-something 6 year olds. This has been a huge challenge as there is a big difference between teaching 2 year olds and 5-6 year olds. There have been days where I have felt completely defeated because I struggled so much to keep control of the class. Tomorrow will start the 4th week that my boss has been gone! I have tried to email him to get clarity on some major upcoming events (Children’s Day and the English competition) but have got nothing back. This is the first time since I’ve been here that I haven’t had any support or guidance and it definitely adds a bit of stress. Mostly, I just hope that everything is okay with him and his family. Recently I’ve been doing a lot better with his class, so I’m dreading this week a bit less than the others. It all seems very worth it when payday rolls around. I just picture all the things Kevin and I will get to do once we finish up our contracts!
One of our best friends has moved back to Chengdu, so spending time with him has been very nice. I absolutely love our Chinese friends, but I still feel like I need a girlfriend to talk to and hang out with. I really spend a lot of time by myself and when I feel down it makes it all the more difficult to pick myself back up. Fortunately, our Chinese friend really wants to teach us some Chinese (to speed up our progress with the Mandarin class we take once a week) and I’m really looking forward to speeding up the learning and diving back into being excited about learning Chinese! I think a hobby will be good for me.
Anywho, sorry, no pictures or anything too exciting this week, but didn’t want to neglect my blog entirely. Not all weeks are that exciting! Kevin did go to Hong Kong, though, and took some cool pictures. I’m trying to get him to write about his trip so look out for that this week! Love to you all! And happy Mothers Day to all my favorite moms, especially my own!