I have it. Expect even slower blog activity in the next couple of weeks, and wish me luck! I’ve already seen more of the inside of a Chinese hospital than I ever wanted to see.
Mei Yan 梅艷（艳) was the name given to me by Tang Laoshi in my first year at Wellesley when I was just a wee lass taking Chin101.
This blog will serve as the record of my adventures in China as an English Teaching Fellow for Teach for China. Most of all, I hope that I'll be a good teacher and that my Mandarin improves dramatically. Wish me luck!
Also: this tumblog is frighteningly and hilariously accurate. (Some) People actually dress like this here. http://accidentalchinesehipsters.tumblr.com
My friend Sam, a wonderful writer who is also teaching English abroad (albeit through Peace Corps in Azerbaijan) is keeping a blog at this address: http://samlandofaz.wordpress.com/
Here are some links to other TFC first-year fellow blogs...in case you're more curious about what it's like to teach in rural China.
1. Tot Ho Farem
(Good pictures, but it's all in Catalán so hopefully Google translate will pop up and save you. I recommend translating into Spanish or another romance language if you can because the translation into English is really awkward)
2. Michelle Minju
by a recent Harvard grad and soon-to-be Yale law student!
3. Mishaps and Merriment
by a recent Williams grad
4. Niao Goes East
by a recent Brown grad and Queens, NY native
>>Note: interestingly, the rest of the blogs on this list are all by recent Georgetown grads<<
5. Will in Yunnan
6. I'm in Chiner
7. Nihao Kailan
8. Caitlin's TFC Adventures
9. Worm in China