September 6: So much and so little happening

Hello again!

It’s me: your favorite out of work English teacher living in China!

Monty enjoying the couch

I’ve officially been not working for 2 weeks, and I have 1 to go. I’m so bored. I don’t even have my passport, so I can’t actually leave the city. This past week has also been very stressful as I was waiting to hear the status of my new visa. My current visa expires in less than 2 weeks, and there was no word on whether or not my new one would be finished in time. I was waiting to hear if I would be able to return to work next weekend, or if I would have to quickly pack up and leave China. Luckily, everything seems to be working out, and my visa application will be turned in with just enough time for the government to receive it before my current visa expires. (Thankfully, it’s fine if my visa expires while it’s being renewed.)

Just a quick walk from my new apartment

On the positive side, my new apartment is spotless, organized, and now (after a shopping spree at Daiso), has everything it could ever need! I’ve also had time to hang out with some friends that I don’t see very often anymore because of work. On top of that, I’ve been doing a ridiculous amount of homework.

I’m currently taking an International Law class, which is quite difficult. I’m writing papers every day and then revising those papers because my professor is never satisfied. I’ve learned a lot about treaties and law though, so if you never need any advice about international law, you should still probably ask someone else.

Homework with Monty

Along with this class, I’ve been working on a paper for the past few months about some current events happening, and one of my professors has been helping me out a ton! No, this paper isn’t for a class or anything, and at this point, I’m basically working on it for fun. So if my schedule of (usually) working full time, doing grad school full time, trying to sleep occasionally, and enjoying living in China isn’t full enough, I’m now apparently writing academic papers for fun. If you’re ever interested in the trade war between the US and China, and how it will affect the future of trade wars forever (with a cool technology twist), hit me up. I have the perfect paper for you to read.

Luckily, by the time I go back to work next week, the summer classes will have finished, and my schedule will return to normal. I’ll be back to working about 7 hours a day during the weekdays, and about 10.5-11 hours each day on the weekends. It sounds like an awful schedule, but I’m very used to it, and somehow I actually sort of like it. The only days I have to wake up early are Saturday and Sunday! That also means that I can wake up whenever on the weekday mornings and have time to do some homework and relax before heading to work. It’s also much faster for me to get to work now, so I spend less time commuting. Before, it took me a little under an hour to get to work, but I always left at least an hour and fifteen minutes early because some times the metros would take longer. Now, I don’t need to take a metro and if I want, I can bike to work in under 20 minutes (I can also take the bus, which usually takes 20-30 minutes with the wait).

My favorite sushi restaurant in Shanghai!

I have some new stuff coming up at work, so my schedule will be a little bit busy right when I get back, but I’m excited to have something to do every day!

See you next time,



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