HUAIROU, Beijing Province:
Felt quite fragile today, but managed to survive my two Friday classes OK! Because of the exam day last week they're a week behind in lesson plans, so it was a bit weird going over the 'true story' lesson again.
For lunch we went to Jing Bei for some potato wraps and then to Jack Hut (a smoothie bar in Jing Bei) for a chocolate and almond milkshake, which we took to enjoy in the park, as it was a lovely day again.
We were sat in the park eating our lunch when a man came to sit at our table. I'd left my school folder on the table, and you could see my timetable in it - and i noticed him reading it (not that he was even trying to be subtle!).
A minute later, we were joined by another man and a woman - who also found my timetable very interesting... they asked a few questions (in Chinese, so I mainly stared blankly) and then they started calling over their mates and showing them my timetable!
Within five minutes our table was surrounding by old Chinese men and women, thoroughly enjoying a discussion about my timetable... Me and Sarah just sat there smiling, with no clue what they were talking about! (how could there be so much to say about a timetable???)
We went for an early dinner, because we had a lesson this evening - Sarah was asked to tutor two boys to help them with the English they're learning at school, and she offered to joint tutor them with me, and split the cash!
Was a bit of a panic when they turned up with no books... but we played some games we picked up from our TEFL training, and it seemed to be OK. Their English was pretty good, and both had English names; Tony and Rick. Their English was probably better than half my students, and they were only 13 and 14!