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Classes, Tian an men, tea

Beijing, China


It was a challenging first couple of days of classes, but I'm getting the hang of simplified characters. A couple days ago, I went to a tea house called Lao She Tea house 老舍茶館 and drank tea while watching bombtastic shows. There was a shadow puppet show, acrobats, magic, singing, gong fu, and some other crazy shows that were all very entertaining. I'm typing more now since Phil said he wanted to read more, so this is for you Phil! I'm usually too lazy but today is sort of an exception, I guess.

Besides being a bit homesick for the first couple of days, I've learned to enjoy the time I am abroad 'cause I'm only here for a month or so. I wasn't used to the weather being so hot and humid in additions to everything being so dirty here, but food and goods are cheap so that's a plus. Also, I watched this video in class and it made me feel lucky to be here in Beijing during the Olympics, so I'm coping well.

http://youtube.com/watch?v=QFQ1JDw-d70

I got sick a couple of days ago and I'm slowly getting better. Being sick in college sucks, and being abroad is no different. I might've caught a cold from eating food family-style (which is how Chinese usually eat.) Basically there's a bunch of plates of food and everyone just has their own bowl of rice and share the other foods, so yay germs galore.

Yesterday, I went to Tian an men and Forbidden city. We took the subway and it was very very hot, humid, sunny, and crowded. There were MASSES of Asian people and I wondered, why are there so many Asian people here? Why would they come to their tourist trap sites when they already live here..? One of life's unanswered questions..

I also think my English is deteriorating, so excuse the bad grammar and such! Also, please excuse the multiple tourist pictures of me. My parents were wondering why I hardly had any of myself and wanted me to post some so they can see it. HI 媽媽,爸爸!

p.s. i really hate how the image quality is decreased when it's uploaded




permalink written by  jlu on July 7, 2008 from Beijing, China
from the travel blog: Study Abroad in China
tagged TeaHouse and Classes

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Hello. I have questions! How hot is it there exactly? Are there a lot of tourists there because of the Olympics? Is your dorm dirty too? Have you met any natives? Are they friendly or are they like people in Chinatown? =P

permalink written by  ET on July 9, 2008


Cool--it looks like you're having a lot of fun, but I agree with Phil, you need to write more!!! Details, details..lol, okay. ^_^

permalink written by  Christine on July 12, 2008

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