From 2017 to beyond

‘Tis the season, or so the saying goes. And so, another year ends. I was reading how I summed up 2016 here, and I described it as ‘interesting’. 2017 has been, if anything, ‘more interesting’ and certainly more depressing. Brexit seems to be spiralling aimlessly out of control, with the Brexiteers seemingly hell-bent on leaving…

Christmas all the way

The Christmas season is upon us! I taught my last class of the week on Friday, and whilst it didn't have a Christmas theme per se, we did do a couple of Christmas-related activities (including two Santa drawings I did in class - see below). Students also wished me a Merry Christmas. The lesson was…

Review of 2016 – part 2: Reasons to be hopeful

I am trying to find the right way to describe 2016. Facebook statuses yesterday didn’t help; many shared my sentiments but used language I would rather not use here. Needless to say, the words used to describe last year were not positive. I can understand why. First Brexit, then the US election. Last year was…

Review of 2016 – part 1

Today is Christmas Eve… And I’m not in work. Instead of working today to catch up on missed classes, lessons have been rearranged during the week. For me, it is only three lessons and I’ve already finished two of them. But for others it means more lessons in an already full day and more sat…

Review of the Year 2: The good and the bad

Looking back over the past year a few things stick out as being both very good and bad. Starting with the negatives, the air is certainly one of the worst things about Beijing. It is often smoggy, though the air is getting better. Still, it is never nice to have to 'mask up' when you…