I am planning a move to Shanghai in late July for a job teaching math, visa-willing, and I could not be more thrilled - although to be fair, there's some trepidation too!
I began the needed vaccinations last week. Owie. Two to go, but I'm getting everything for southeast Asia also.
So far, the most ridiculous part of the visa application process was my diploma confusion. The person helping with my visa was so funny - she must be stressed beyond comprehension. After I sent her the image of my diploma, she responds saying that the name of my college on my CV does not match the diploma and that my diploma doesn't have a date. I explained that the document is in Latin and the date is indeed there, only it's in Roman numerals. (Now I'm worried we don't teach those anymore...
In any case, she translated my Latin to characters. Who knows what it will say in the end?! I only hope my name, degree, and the date remain intact - the rest was so much fluff, anyhow.
I'm usually comfortable with travel, but I've not yet visited Asia. I've been browsing the 'net and reading blog after blog of advice and lists and do's and do not's - and it's just overwhelming and anxiety-inducing. And trying to learn Mandarin on my own ... no joy whatsoever.
I hope to find some one-on-one instruction before I leave Boston. Or maybe a crash course upon arrival...
If I understand correctly, work provides an apartment a short bus ride away in the Changning district. I have only the vaguest ideas about most of my grand adventure, but I have dozens of cool ideas of things to do and places to go, some of which are bound to come to pass. Right? Right.
Insomnia struck last night, so I noticed that my school has published its 2016-2017 calendar. I added all of the important dates to my personal calendar, counted instruction days, drafted a couple of syllabi (even though it's still unclear to me which math levels will be mine). For the holidays, I added ideas of places to visit ... I'm pretty sure I'll need to stay ten years to accomplish it all, but it's not as if I'm doing anything else.
I'm looking forward to meeting some of you, learning from you, and exchanging ideas!
P.S. I've been keeping a blog/diary off-and-on which I hope to use more regularly to record my travel adventures. It's at lucretiaseeks dot wordpress dot com if anyone is interested ... I felt weird about linking my Facebook straightaway to a new forum. Maybe later.