Nov 8, 2012

On campus

Back in the sweet, smothering embrace of academia

Welcome to the new school
Welcome to the new school
Welcome to the new school
The students return to school after a weekend at home with their families.

What’s striking about our new home/school is how much it looks like an American university campus. You’ve got the teacher and student dorms along one boundary of the school. There’s a cafeteria and a small store not to far away from the dorms, with a large, shapely building next door for performances and art shows. Then, of course, there are classrooms and a gigantic football field. And dozens of basketball courts and ping pong tables scattered throughout.

The color scheme is a little blah — especially on a gray day, of which we have many. But the campus is nice and open, with plenty of pathways for walks. A small river runs between the dorms and the cafeteria building, with a little waterfall which we can hear from our kitchen. It looks like a small fortune was spent on landscaping; there are flowering trees and bushes all over everywhere, and the square patches of sod are growing into a lush green lawn.

Because it’s out in the countryside, the campus is its own self-contained world, which feels very collegiate. We even use meal cards instead of cash at the caf and little store — which sells snacks, soda and stationary. If we didn’t want to, we’d never have to leave!

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