Hey y’all!! My friend, William, and I have made it safely to China. This is the view out of my roommates window. I’m borrowing my Chinese roommate’s internet card so I don’t know when will be the next time I can post again. China is so — different. I haven’t seen much of the city yet so I’m trying not to make too many quick judgements. The language barrier has been a little bit harder than I thought, so I’m going to have to dive right in and learn a little Chinese.
We ate at a little restaurant next to our apartment and there were a bunch of kids running it — the cooks, the waitstaff — all except the woman taking the money behind the counter. AND don’t order water — they give it to you HOT and look at you funny. So, next, I went with a pepsi cola. I think I’ll be drinking a lot of Oolong tea. AND my friend William told me that you always order an even number of dishes. If you ordered 3 dishes instead of 4 — odd numbers represent funerals.
AND there is a button you have to push for hot water — so my shower last night was a mixture of cold and hot. Good thing I saw the new Karate Kid, because I totally would have forgotten that this is how it works in some countries. Speaking of movies… I watched 3.5 movies on the plane yesterday. I watched Before Coco Chanel, The Kids Are All Right, Mulan (and cried like a baby through the first 10 minutes) and then after I woke up from my 8 hours of Ambian sleep I watched about half of The Hangover (because I knew I could only watch half of something). On the way back I want to see the King’s Speech, again!
Okay… that’s really all I have to update you with. We should be going in to work today to meet and greet and then I think we are going to the famous Yang’s Dumplings!!! Oh I can’t wait. Everything is going so well. I’m super excited to be here.
Today I am thankful for: getting to China in one piece.