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.