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Sunday, December 25, 2011

The great 2011 job search.

Last year we looked for another place in China to move to because we had been here and done this for a year. We finally had an option to renew my contract and decided to stay one more year to save the cost of moving. This year we decided that we have had enough of this place and needed a change. We wanted a place that will give both of us work, not just me. We wanted a place that was warmer and had more western things. We needed a place that would let us have an option to be off during the summer for travel. After looking for a long time at many jobs and places we have a new job for both of us. We will be moving to Quzhou, Zhejiang province. The city is about the same size or maybe a little bigger than this one; around 2.5 - 3 million. They have a McDonald's, a Pizza Hut and a Wal-mart. It is not far from Shanghai, so it is easy to travel to other places in China or international. It would only take two hours by train to go to Shanghai so we can go there on the weekends. It is also not too far from the coast, so we can go there on the weekends by train, too. Like most cities, it has a long history, but is a modern city. Just like here, the city is next to a river. It is located in a valley and there are very beautiful mountains to the north and south. I will be getting another pay increase to 8,000 RMB per month ($1,270). Debora will be making 7,000 RMB per month ($1,110). We both will be working at the same public high school teaching 25 classes every week that are 45 minutes each with no required office hours (18 hours and 45 minutes). We will be off in the evenings and on weekends.  In a month that would be $16.90 an hour for me and $14.80 an hour for Debora. The school will provide a free two bedroom apartment for us.