Qincheng Mountain, Sichuan, a couple of days ago.
View of the Himalaya, Tibet, approaching Everest Base Camp, 2010
Once I have internet connected in my apartment, and I don’t have to depend on coffee house wifi, I will share my thoughts about starting my M.A. program by distance learning. My current plan is to stay in Chengdu for one more year, until I’ve completed the three core modules for the M.A. in Teaching English for Academic Purposes. At that point I’ll be halfway through the degree program. At the same time, I plan to complete the DELTA certificate online, which will give me qualifications to pursue higher-level teaching jobs beginning in 2014. Sunday antiques market, Rome Plaza, Chengdu
The day after the earthquake, everything seems back to normal in Chengdu… dumplings seller fruit stand
A 6.6 earthquake struck Sichuan at 8:02 this morning, centered in the Lushan area near Yaan, which is 90 minutes by car from Chengdu. epicenter My 15th-floor apartment started shaking just after 8 AM this morning – the dog panicked when the tremors grew stronger. I was just getting ready to go out, but instead we escaped the apartment and walked all the way down using the stairs. I saw other people crowding into the elevators and thought – what idiots, that’s the last place you want to be in an earthquake. People stood around outside, in the streets and on sidewalks, for about an hour, until the fear of strong aftershocks subsided. I watched a TV mounted outside the gate to an apartment complex, to find out where the quake happened; it was initially reported as 7.0. There were no live pictures on the TV news after I got home, so I went to my IELTS job to mark writing exams for a couple of hours. As of now, 56 are confirmed dead, and there’s extensive damage in the quake zone. You can read more here: http://www.itv.com/news/story/2013-04-20/deadly-earthquake-in-china/#devastation-after-deadly-earthquake-hits-china_192036 earthquake damage