My girlfriend and I have been temporarily separated, I have been separated from my friends, and my home of the previous four years. Why did I come to Macau? Well, for a challenge, and a career opportunity to return to university teaching again.
I arrived about August 25th, and got set up: apartment, health check, work visa processing, meeting colleagues, the boss, material for my courses, general induction and orientation for new teachers, and my schedule. I got phone access and internet access about September 1st, which was the first official day of my contract.
Today is September 5th, and I have just completed my first day of teaching two, two-hour classes to 25 and 37 students respectively. I feel exhilarated! I'm currently in a Japanese/Korean restaurant near my apartment complex, enjoying some incredible tuna and salmon sashimi, nice kimchi, and an Asahi beer.
Today was a good day.