Sept 2010 update
Wow. It's been awhile. About a year since I've been on VT. Was just going through old e-mails and saw something from here. Life is insanely busy back in the USA and I am missing my leisurely life in Hangzhou. I have been continuing to teach since coming back home 3 years ago, and I can tell you that teaching in China and teaching in the US really is "a world apart." I miss my mostly quiet and attentive students from Hangzhou. But what I miss most isn't necessarily the quiet part. I miss their eagerness. Some of those kids worked really hard and were hungry for knowledge. Contrast that with some of my inner city kids here in Massachusetts swearing at me, sleeping in class, skipping to go smoke pot in the bathrooms, vandalizing school property, and refusing to do homework and stay for extra help after school and one could see why I miss China so much! For all you guys out there teaching abroad, enjoy it while you can and make the most out of your time immersed in another culture.