A New Hong Kong

Being an upper grade teacher usually involves field trips.  For me, it’s akin to going to the gym.  I don’t like the preparation, but once I am there, I am usually glad I went. This was the case for my most recent overnight field trip on Lantau Island.

As a rule, I try not to talk about my job too much.  It seems that some teachers tend to talk about their classrooms just a bit too much for my taste.  I mean, as a teacher I don’t usually want to hear about it; I can’t imagine how boring it must be to a non-teacher.  However, this recent outing was school-related and I have this fantastic class.  I swear there this one girl in my class who must have been my bff in a past life.  She absolutely cracks me up.  But honestly, I feel that way about my students.  They really are remarkable in their own little weird ways.

This particular field trip focused on the environment and to make two, jam-packed days as short as possible… we hiked (a lot), went to the ocean, cleaned up a beach, planted trees, visited an eco-house, and had a close encounter with a large water buffalo.  All in all, a fantastic time! I do feel blessed to have such a great class.

Walking around this southwest part of Hong Kong is the complete opposite of the hustle and bustle of Central.  It seemed that I was in another part of China, but it’s only about 2 hours away from my place.  I have heard about the great hiking in the New Territories and now I just have to explore this region more.  It is gorgeous.

Along the way, I took many photos.  I wish I could show you photos of my students, but alas, I am not sure I would want someone posting pictures of my child on the internet, so you will have to just take my word that they are as wonderful as I say they are.  I did however take photos of worn down walls, doors, and buildings that reminded me modern art paintings as well as some of the other sights.

As a quick side, I went to this place today called the Artist’s Village about an hour away from where I live. I bought this quaint painting for about $6US that I love as well as some art supplies and some blank canvases for about $50US.

Life is good.

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  1. Susan Wachowiak

    What a wonderful trip for the class …. and you, too! You do have a great group of students, but then they have an extraordinary teacher who teaches them that learning is an adventure. That’s why they are so wonderful to take on a field trip. Congratulations!!!!

  2. Debi Mauricio

    Claire, you have such an interesting eye and it appeals to me because I love taking these kinds of pictures as well. Your students are so lucky to have you as their teacher this year. I want you to be MY teacher! Miss you so, so much.

  3. Cindy Zaino

    These pictures are breathtaking. I am so happy that you have a great class, however I believe the kids are so wonderful because they respond in kind to their teacher. Hannah surely misses you being her teacher. 🙂

  4. Claire, this post was wonderful and inspirational! What a great field trip and your photos are exceptional. As always, thanks for sharing your experiences and feelings. We are living vicariously through you! From a teacher who knows your talents and skills: YOU ROCK! Love, Terri

  5. Love the pictures and your description; it looks like a place I would love to visit. Go art supplies!

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