Going away for a few days

We are leaving tomorrow morning for Tai Shan, a mountain in southwestern Shandong province which was the home of Confucius. We’ll also be visiting a few other places in the process, so I probably won’t have internet between tomorrow and Sunday. Just FYI, if you send me something and I don’t reply, that’s why.

Much to my annoyance, because of this trip we won’t be having school tomorrow OR next monday *grumble grumble*. I mean, come on, I came here to study and here they are canceling two days of school for a measly field trip. I mean, I don’t grudge the field trip, it will be really good education and we’ll get to see some more of China, but do they really have to cancel school for it? Sigh…..and I’m sure you are not surprised to hear that all the OTHER students are widely happy about two free days.

They complained that it wouldn’t be fair to have school on Monday because we will have been traveling all weekend and couldn’t get out homework done in time. Well, I pointed out that they could always take their homework with them! I will be. We’ll be driving for about 6 hours both ways, so that’s plenty of time to get a lot of homework done. But unfortunately my logical argument was drowned out with boos and when we voted on “school or no school” for monday, I was the only one who voted for school (hmph, you’d think they didn’t like school or something).

So that is how I am suffering at the moment, everything else is just dandy. In fact, I found a very large wood borer (kind of bug) lying dead next to a tree outside our classroom the other day. Its head and two legs had come off (in the process of decomposition and because something chewed on it), but I managed to find all the pieces and I used super-glue to put it all back together. Best of all it hadn’t been dead that long, so it was still flexible and I pinned it up on a foam plate. It is currently sitting on my window sill, drying. It is quite a find, about an 1 1/2 inches long with antennae that are about 2 1/2 inches long, black with white spots. I found a beautiful ground beetle the other day as well, also very large, but this one had been half eaten by something and I could not salvage it.

So there’s your excitement for the day, I hope to post more next week, we’ll see how much time I have sunday.

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