Travel

Travel early and travel often. Live abroad, if you can. Understand cultures other than your own. As your understanding of other cultures increases, your understanding of yourself and your own culture will increase exponentially. ~ Tom Freston

It’s nearly 4AM in the morning but I felt the need to blog, so I’m going to go ahead and blog. How’s China, you may ask? It’s FANTASTIC – I’ve made a great addition to the Chinese population with my crazy self. I’ve actually been pretty this past week because of classes and stuff, but we have a week off because of National Holiday, so I thought I’d take the time to blog.

Classes have been good, if you like the whole school thing. Ha, joking. View Post

Imagine spending your birthday over 5000 miles away from your home — your friends and family, etc. and yet you have the best fucking time of your life. It was Ayo’s birthday on Monday and it was actually much more fun than I expected from just going out to eat and KTV. I mean, it seems we usually go to KTV anyway every Monday since we got here but I think last Monday was extra freaking special JUST because it was someone’s birthday.

We ate out at a new restaurant recommended by our friend who helps us in our Mandarin class — regretfully I’ve forgotten the name of the restaurant but I’m pretty sure we’ll be revisiting — and we ordered around 9 dishes, basically a lot of damn food View Post

Shopping in China is definitely an experience in itself. I have never felt so harassed in my life when going shopping. Usually, back at home a sales assistant will ask if you want some help and if you don’t then theyll leave you to it. In China, it’s a different story or it might be different partly for the fact that we are foreigners.

As soon as my friend, Ayo, and I approached the stall of tshirts, two Chinese sales assistants instantly started babbling in Mandarin and shoving random tshirts in our faces, proclaiming they were ‘cute’. I finally decided on this cute Doraemon tshirt and then they shoved me in the direction of the trousers/jeans. I tried on one pair didn’t like it and as soon View Post

I’m sitting here staring a breakfast voucher we received yesterday and really irate with the fact that we weren’t able to use it. Why? Because, breakfast was from 7 – 9AM and we woke up at 7, left at 8 and didn’t get back until around 10AM. Grr. To top it all off, we had our second lesson and we got completely and utterly lost looking for the damn classroom.

Basically, there are two buildings that our classes are held in: A and B. So, can someone explain to me why one building has the letter B on it but our class isn’t in that building but in A although on our schedule it says B505? We literally climbed up 15 flights of bloody stairs to look for the classroom. At least now, we’ll remember where the room is this time. To many stairs, though.

Lessons started on Tuesday, with the first being our very first Mandarin lesson. It was interesting to say the least. For me, Mandarin is quite a hard language to get a grasp of View Post

This post was a bit earlier that I anticipated but what the heck. I’d just like to put it out there that there is absolutely nothing with a lie-in. On that note, yesterday was one big long lie-in, in which this morning I got called a vampire by my roommate because I slept too much. To be fair, the day/night before was quite exhausting.

Let me begin with the physical examination. Honestly, it was less daunting that I thought it would be. I expected there to be big fat needles and nurses looming at us with rubber gloves speaking rather fast in Mandarin and ushering us into a back room to do Lord knows what to us. In fact, it was the complete opposite. After registering at the front desk, we had to go upstairs to give a blood and urine sample — which was one of the funniest things I have ever done in my life because the toilets are nothing but a big hole in the ground… and no tissue. View Post