I’ve now been here for one month, having arrived on 14 September. I’ve already had a week off, and I’ve semi-furnished my furnished apartment by buying a mattress, couch cushions, dishes, towels, cutlery, and a saucepan. I also got a clothes rack to use for drying laundry, but I haven’t yet put it together because the instructions are in Chinese!
I went back to get my Xray this week and ran into a teacher from Georgia in the waiting room. He’s been here a few years and apparently he lives across the street from my school! We’re supposed to meet for coffee next week.
This past week I had to give exams to my students. The L&S (listening and speaking) students did a really good job. I had asked them to prepare a short presentation about a Chinese fruit (5-10 sentences). I called them outside one by one to speak, asking ‘What fruit are you going to talk about?’. I heard about watermelons, apples, litchis, and even sugar cane.
And then Wallace came out for his turn. I asked the question, ‘Which fruit…?’.
He answered: meat.
I couldn’t help it, I started laughing.
He then said ‘I don’t eat fruit’.
So I asked him to describe the meats that he likes.
‘Fish, beef, chicken, …’.
Great. And how do you like these cooked?
He passed his exam.
Random thoughts –
- My light switches click down for ON and up for OFF, which is the opposite of the US.
- Most public bathrooms do not have toilet paper, so I’ve always got to have tissue with me.
- Every public bathroom I’ve used so far is ‘traditional’ and not Western. Sigh.