Here’s the team on the Saturday after our first week of teaching. Mr. Wang, our landlord, took us on a trip to Harbin’s tiger park (search for it on youtube and you’ll get a better idea of what it’s like). You’re probably wondering, where’s the new guy? No, we did not feed him to the tigers. No, his first week of teaching was not that bad, nor was he scared away by the fact that he was on a team with only girls. Actually, he had to leave our team before he started teaching on account of a personal emergency. It was quite a shock to us and to our school. This is the 25th year that my organization has worked with this school. I don’t think this unexpected loss has irretrievably damaged the relationship between the English teacher’s organization and the school, but it hasn’t been the easiest thing for us to negotiate.