This last month of June has been the busiest of them all. I was tutoring Spanish and English on my ‘spare’ time. In China, teaching a foreign language is well paid, specially if you are a native speaker. There is always a school hiring or parents who want their children to improve their language skills. For me tutoring Spanish was better, not only because is my first language but the pay rate is higher. So I began looking for students. As soon as I placed an add online emails started filling my inbox. Unfortunately I could not commit to everyone. Getting around in Beijing is not that easy, sometimes it takes up a long time to get somewhere particularly during rush hour. Traffic is one of the biggest problems in Beijing and the #1 reason I’m always running late! The subway might be faster but everything depends on the location you are heading to. It could take an hour to get there then an hour back.
I saved the money from teaching to do some traveling during the summer, and after my bicycle was stolen I decided to upgrade to a scooter!
June was also the time to study for finals and prepare for our speaking presentation. The school gave us a whole week off before our exams. Some people (like me) studied hard, others partied hard, haha. At least, it was good to know we didn’t have to wake up at 7am to attend class at 8am, but we had a lot to review and practice. Shortly after the exams, people started to head back home. It was sad to see many go, specially the people that I was closer to. I know we will meet again in China or any other part of the world.