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Golden Hippo Awards

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This past weekend I got my first teacher's award!!!!!!! Hess (the company I work for) gives awards every year for best children's performances and for good teachers, etc. I got an "Excellent Teacher Award." It's such a big company that I couldn't believe I got picked to get one!

  I can't believe how far I've come since I arrived in Taiwan. I was so intimitated about being a teacher and I had no idea how to take charge in the classroom. But now I love my job so much! It's gotten a lot easier, obviously, and being around my students keeps me super happy. I had no idea when I moved across the world to try a completely new job that it would become so easy and comfortable. To think back to two years ago, it didn't even cross my mind that I could get an award for what I do!

Anyways, I'm super proud of myself and things can only get better from here! ;)

China Trip Day Three (Thu 5/26/2011)

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(Finally I got some photos edited)

Beijing
Tian'anmen Square
First stop of the day was to go to Tian'anmen Square and let me tell you it was crowded. It's name in English is The Gate of Heavenly Peace. Basically it's a super large concrete area with many communist buildings surrounding it, and one side that goes into the Forbidden City. It's a popular place for everyone to gather because it's cool in the summer. If you don't have AC you can go here and feel more comfortable. In the middle is the Monument to the People's Heroes, a granite tower made in 1958. It's a very communist monument, basically. Mao's mausoleum is also around here, and so is the Great Hall of the People (Chinese legislature) but we didn't go in any buildings. Just walked through the square and headed into the Forbidden City.