Red Horse Lake (Chi Ma Hu (赤马湖)) English summer camp, Hunan province (湖南省) PART THREE OF THREE

(Click for audio version)   I had an absolute ball today…this morning we got up for a hike with the students. We rounded up at six-thirty am, but, because of the perplexingly ineffective organisation of the Chinese staff, we didn’t actually leave until eight fifteen. We wanted to leave earlier because it was HOT (remember…

Red Horse Lake (Chi Ma Hu (赤马湖)) English summer camp, Hunan province (湖南省) PART TWO OF THREE

(Click for audio version)   RED HORSE LAKE (赤马湖), HUNAN PROVINCE (湖南省), CHAPTER TWO – THE PEOPLE Now a brief description of the ecosystem of souls that inhabited RHL during my stay there. Now, I already know from a year in Wuhan that China attracts a strange breed of foreign teacher – nearly every foreigner…

Red Horse Lake (Chi Ma Hu (赤马湖)) English summer camp, Hunan province (湖南省) PART ONE OF THREE

(Click for audio version)   Early August 2007…Red Horse Lake (Chi Ma Hu (赤马湖)) summer teaching camp, rural Hunan province. PART ONE OF THREE – INTRO TO THE CAMP AND ENVIRONMENT Disclaimer – most of the names in this chapter have been changed to protect a) the innocent, and b) random idiots. I’m writing this…

Yangshuo, Guangxi Province; Beijing Olympic opening (阳朔, 广西省; 北京奥林匹克开幕式), PART ONE

(Click for audio version)   (Arriving in Yangshuo from Guilin) …after an hour on this bus, during which I was constantly swapping my attention between my friend Bear and this eye-goggingly weird karst landscape, we arrived at Yangshuo, and we met up with this mate of hers, who was getting us mega cheap hotel rates.…