The twice-yearly Lattitude Training Course is fast approaching. Thirteen western teenagers from Britain and Australia arrive this time next week for the 8-day course which I wrote and, with some able help, run. I enjoy training more than teaching, to be honest (and see them as quite separate skills), so I always look forward to this 6-monthly event. It's also a pleasure to see people experiencing China for the first time. It' s easy to get blasé and, perhaps, a little jaded about life here but, seen through fresh eyes, the strangeness, uniqueness and absurdities of Chinese life are made fresh and vivid again. Today we have the pre-course meeting and then we'll be at the airport to welcome the newcomers before you know it.
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