Currently in Qingdao, home of the Tsingtao Beer! I know some of you guys so well that I know what you’re thinking already and I’m going to save you the time….. my answer is No! I didn’t single out Qingdao because of their mass production of beer. Besides being a coastal city, Qingdao’s demand for teachers at the time of my research was high. If anything, being a major beer producer is just a plus! lol I do plan on visiting the Tsingtao Brewery since I’m here. I hear they pour by the bags!
Well, I must say Qingdao is gorgeous! Being by the coast, the air is nice and crisp, a definite change coming from the urban, smoggy,
potential health problems cities like Beijing and Xi’an. I got a room in the much older part of town; here you can find narrow cobblestone streets, antique shops, and old historical buildings with much German influences (since being under German rule for 99 years). Local fruit and dried fish vendors are posted up at every corner. On foot I bumped into a beautiful church, which I found out later was St. Michael’s Catholic Church, and ran into three public parks and all this in a half a mile radius. Nice eh? I’m liking this place already! This rusty town is only 15 minutes by bus to the city and a 5-minute walk to the beach and train station. Besides it being really old, it’s a sweet place to settle in I tell ya!
I sent out my CV to a few schools this morning and spent the rest of the day site seeing. Tomorrow, I’m meeting up with Joanna and Beth, the two gals I met back in Beijing. I have an interview set up already with a school in their area – thanks to them. I’m still amaze on how everything is falling into place…quicker than expected but delighted all the same. Then again, I’m jumping the gun because I don’t have the job yet
Wish me luck.