Flew into Shanghai last Friday evening. The flight was reasonably comfortable as it wasn't too busy and had a tv in the back of the seat in front of me so it was easy to just keep watching. Didn't really sleep though so was very tired when I arrived. Got the bus into town and checked in to the hotel easily enough and just wandered around a bit getting my bearings again. On the Friday met Noah, one of the other English teachers, for lunch and we wandered down to the Bund and had a bit of a chat. He can speak Chinese too but being much younger is a lot keener... Went back to the veggie restaurant I went to last time and had a nice meal in the evening.
On the Saturday went to the train station to be collected by John Zhu who is the man responsible for hiring us and looking after us while we are here. He seems pleasant enough although probably a little ineffectual at times. Also met Steven from Australia, he has been here for about 3 years teaching in other places.
My apartment is quite nice but a little grubby so I need to spend some time cleaning it up. Today I met some of the Chinese teachers I am going to be working with. They seem nice but their schedules are a lot longer than ours. I have twenty lessons a week with classes mostly of 40 kids about 7-8 years old but I will be helped by their Chinese teacher, at least at first. I start teaching tomorrow afternoon so until then I need to get cleaning and think about my lesson plans...
Will also try and get some photos uploaded.