Returning to the hostel with a spring in my step, I decided to consider seriously moving here to this city. For there was nothing saying I couldn't stay in this country to work and live. It didn't take long before I found a job, had sorted out a visa, and got myself an apartment in the middle of Shanghai. Apartment hunting is one the things I love to hate, and in Shanghai it was relatively painless. Adverts for rooms lead straight to the rooms advertised, rather than to some lair like in London. Warnings of scams proliferated on the local expat websites, and I kept my wits about me on viewings. I finally found a great room near People's Square and Xintiandi, the place in Shanghai where young professionals talk about feta while sipping white wine and laughing. 'Hahaha Feta!' (Every city has one).
The job is good. I work for one of the major English training schools in China. Our clients are mostly businessmen and women, but due to the location of the branch I work in, there are a lot of housewives who have come to learn English as a hobby. At the moment I'm coming to work early in order to prepare myself fully for each class. I haven't taught adults before, so it is going to take some getting used to. My colleagues have each given me their own unique advice with what they think works best.
Another opportunity this job is giving me is the chance to improve my confidence. I am required to prepare hour-long presentations about various interesting topics which will engage large groups of professionals. At first it was nerve-wracking to go up in front of so many people I don't know, and speak authoritatively about a subject. But it didn't take long to get into the swing of it, and the students seem to be enjoying the way I deliver these presentations, and attendance, though optional, is usually high. I've learnt through trial and error which topics are popular (money, business, current affairs, popular culture) and which are not (I thought I could educate them in the genius of Bjork and Sufjan Stevens. Won't try that again.)