It’s been so long since I wrote a blog post that I barely remember how it’s done… I guess I should give a brief summary of what has happened since March 11. We have quite a normal every day life right now. Work from Monday to Friday, and then weekends off. During the weekends we often have fun things to do. But now I can’t think about anything haha… We have had our first trips to the beach! May the 1st, it was about 30 degrees, so we spent that day on the beach. (We had Thursday-Saturday off because it was Labour Day in China. Since most people are employed by the government, they are given three days off to show appreciation for the hard work. However, we all have to make the free days off, so we worked Sunday. Don’t even get me started, I do not see the logic at all.) But the day at the beach was wonderful! The International beach, our closest beach, is absolutely beautiful. It is huge, and the sand is nice and soft. The only issue is all the unwanted attention we get… I don’t mind taking a photo with someone who asks if they can take one, but when you are surrounded with 10 people trying to sneak a photo of you… Well that brings the devil out of me! Rosie went for a swim and that caused commotion… It must have been 20 people standing there watching her. We had to sneak her out of the water with a towel ready. Other than the fact that we are now on picture on about 1000 phones, the beach is great! There are many nice restaurants and shops. During summer the beach is supposed to be filled with tourists from all over China, and apparently Russia as well. We enjoy the rather empty spaces for now.
We have recently discovered a masseuse who does wonders for our poor bodies. We had our first session last weekend, and right now I am waiting for my second. I am a bit worried about this time, since last time she did something called “Gua sha” (take a look at the picture, or google it…) Appearantly, it cures colds, which I had at the time. And sure, I feel better now. The night after the massage however, I slept for ten hours, and the following day I took a 3-hour nap. I was shattered for about two days after it, but now I feel more alive than ever! So I guess it was good.
The upcoming weekends we got a few plans, such as going to Qingdao, which is a bigger city around 4 hours from Weihai. It is supposed to be beautiful. We also plan on climbing one of the most famous mountains in China, Tai Shan. Most people climb it during the night, so they can see the sunrise! That’s what we plan on doing. We will bring a blanket and picnic, and sleep for a few hours at the top, and enjoy the sunrise. I am a bit worried about it being really steep, and obviously pitch black since we are climbing it during the night, but oh well. I have already accepted the fact that I’m going to die in China. There are so many ways you can die here haha…. Here’s the list of death traps I have discovered so far:
- Traffic. Chinese traffic is c-r-a-z-y. You basically risk your life every time going by car o bus. The only rule is that there are no rules… Seat belt is unheard of, and seeing cars driving against the traffic is nothing special.
- Collapsing ground. In Beijing there was a woman who died after the pavement collapsed under her, and she fell down in 90 degrees hot water. More than one time I have stepped on lids on the ground that have cracked…
- Electrocuting showers. This is what I experienced about a month ago, when I was having a shower in our apartment. The tap all of the sudden gave me multiple strong electrical shocks! After a loud scream my housemate came to my rescue, and told the “slightly” chocked me to go into the other shower. That one was the same though. This is now “fixed”. Every time we want a shower, we have to unplug all the sockets, and then plug them back in afterwards in order to get hot water.
- Slip and hit your head in the kitchen. Our pipes leaked and filled our kitchen with water. Unknowing of the danger that awaited me, I walked in the kitchen and slipped. That time it went well, but the pipes have already started leaking a second time so it’s just a matter of time before we slip again.
- Choking on metal. In Beijing while eating my food, I found a metal piece about three centimetres long in my food. Thank god I didn’t swallow it that time.
To be continued… Don’t get me wrong, I love China! It is an everyday adventure. There is not one day that looks like the other. I’ve had earthquake drills, spontaneous dinners with total strangers and many encounters with lovely people. China definitely gives me a thicker skin. By the way! Here’s a clip from Weihai local TV which I star in (don’t let the Chinese page scare you, just play the video!). They filmed me my first day, my first lesson… (Please excuse the weird nature of my interview, I didn’t realize you had such a clear vision of my nostrils.) I am the first girl in the clip! The other lovely girl is one of my housemates, Maura, who teaches at a school just about 300 metres from mine. Click here. (http://www.hcvw.cn/index.php?m=content&c=index&a=show&catid=201&id=43258 )
That’s it for now (I don’t know if you had the patience to read all of it) and I guess my next post will be in a month or two! (No, I will get better, promise).