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Monday, June 04th, 2012 | Author:


To all my lovely students at Wuyi University,

First I want to say thank you to all of you for giving me a wonderful two years in Wuyishan. I’ve really enjoyed teaching you. It’s been a very fulfilling experience for me to see many of you become more confident and relaxed about speaking English with a foreigner, and I hope you’ll continue speaking whenever you bump into any backpackers or visitors in China. I will miss you all very much, but at least I am leaving here with some great memories and, I hope, some lifelong friends.

I’ve had so many good times here at Wuyi University. Some of the things that will always stick in my memory include coming home on Friday nights from English Corner and hearing, from down on the ground, my daughters laughing on the 5th floor of our apartment building because they’re having so much fun with their babysitters (so thanks Jean, Ruby, Irene, Alier, Stella, Vera, Niki, Dawn, Vicky, Shakira, Tyler, Avril and all the other students who have looked after our daughters at various times over the years, and sorry to those who I haven’t named here!).

I will also remember the class parties and crazy games you made up for us to play…  the birthday visit to KTV with Ben, Ruby and Irene and our horse riding trip in Sichuan…  trips to Xiamei village with Alier and Sally…  hiking up Tian You Feng with Mavis and Sunny…  sitting outside Building 1 on a beautiful sunny day and singing Pengyou with Class 2…  sharing tissues with Stella and Kathy while crying over Titanic 3-D at the local cinema…  being guests in Jean and Butterfly’s family’s homes during the Spring Festival celebrations…  celebrating Christmas 2011 with tens of students in our home…  talking with my research/writing classes about foot binding in the old China and superhero movies in modern America…  watching Crystal endure almost 10 hours online and on the phone trying to book our flights back to Australia…  eating snacks Fanny and others brought back for us from your hometowns after various holidays…  and many, many other things.

So all in all, the best thing about my time in Wuyishan was not the fresh air, gorgeous mountains and beautiful scenery, but you — my students. I wish all of you the best of luck in the future and hope all your dreams come true. And if any of you ever come to Xiamen or in later years Australia, please look me up. I’d love to welcome you and guide you around and catch up with you. In the meantime, it’s goodbye for now, but hopefully not forever!

With love from your English teacher,