There are many places throughout the world that I would love to ride motocross. I have never been to Australia or New Zealand and both of those places are on my bucket list of racing locations.
Thankfully, this last year I was able to cross off one more region from that bucket list—and it was everything that I thought it was going to be. I had always wanted to visit rural China and do some riding throughout the vast countryside, and I had the opportunity to do just that with a visit to a family member who was briefly teaching English in the country.
My cousin Tim was doing an immersion program where you teach English to Chinese middle schoolers as a part of a school program. He went there to TEACH English in Baotou, which is a great region of the country and one that is really looking for addition teachers.
There are, of course, other areas that are looking for teachers. English TEACHERS in Hangzhou are also in short supply and they are constantly looking for qualified people to fill vacancies in their classrooms.
Anyway, my cousin went there as part of a program he is doing at his school and he asked me if I wanted to visit. My answer, of course, was yes. I would love to! He knew about my dream to ride throughout the countryside, so he knew how much I would like to go, but the question was whether or not I could afford to make it over there at the time right now. Fortunately, I was able to scrape together enough funds to fly over there, and since I would be staying with him, I was able to save on housing. This was what really made it possible for my to take the trip.
The countryside, of course, is absolutely beautiful. It’s not wonder why Tim wanted to teach English here in China, especially in this region, because it is gorgeous. Climbing up some of these summits with your bike, you almost don’t want to leave the top of the mountain. It’s just that beautiful.
This is something people don’t always realize about China, just how rural areas of it are. There are huge vast wilderness all throughout the country. There are also just extremely concentrated areas that are some of the densest communities on Earth.
The experience was unforgettable, and I was sad to leave my cousin when I did, but I had to get back to work. I will say, however, that the program he was in was pretty cool, and for anyone looking to do any type of teaching work, it can be a great resume booster, teaching in a foreign country. And his program at least, offered PAID teaching English in Nanjing and other cities all throughout the country. At least it’s something to think about.