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   4.09.16 21:50
    Oje, das klingt ja wild.
   4.09.16 23:47
    Eujeujeu..., denke auch,

A little trip to Tianjin....

Hello peeps.Luckily we had 4 days off last week. That was really needed. The chinese course is pretty tough. After two weeks I can already introduce my family, talk about jobs, studying, how many books and pens and maps I have and name all the numbers and weekdays.....well....that doesn´t help that much when you want to book a Hotelroom, but luckily we had Dean with us...a chinese guy, who did like everything for us in Tianjin. Tianjin is half an hour away from Beijing and really modern and more western than everything I have seen in Beijing so far. I really liked it there, but the smog was terrible. But everything was fine to escape dorm 9 (did I mention the Squattoilets?) So we ended up in a hotel 10 km out of a city and a highway with 6 lanes you had to cross to get the bus....Nevermind...I had my own bathroom....I was in heaven...in a really smoggy heaven. Tianjin is very interesting because it mixes modern and traditional styles. We went to an ancient street ...or it was supposed to look ancient at least and I was the only laowei there to be seen. A laowei is a "typical kliche-foreigern- And I was a) blond b) the only one wearing that mask. The nicest trip we had was to a temple for the goddess of heaven...it was quiet and it smelled really really nice. Because of Dean we just went to local restaurants, what made the locals almost drop their chopsticks everytime we entered. I tried some weird stuff, but didn´t suffer of a foodpoisening yet (fingers crossed). In the evening there is more life on the streets and in the parks. It was mid-autumn fest so everone was eating mooncakes (quite okay) and lifts skylanterns in the sky (really awesome...reminded me of the time we did that in Stockholm) A lot of people (mostly older) were dancing to music in the park and I even joined an aerobic group...videos will follow. Noone even minds if someone is singing opera on the street...Beijing opera isn´t really my thing so far. The next day I met a friend of mine that I haven´t seen for 4 years and we had hotpot together and a lot of chinese girls who wanted to take pictures with him.After this awesome days I got back to dorm 9 and almost got a depression and a heart attack when a chinese man stormed into the room while I was lying in bed and spraying anti-cockroach-spray in our room.
20.9.16 15:02


The first week - a summary

So now it is one week ago, that I arrived here but it already feels like I have been here for months. The registration process is still going on and there is a lot of chaos, but I hope I will get my visa soon. Going into chinese class was a shock. We learned the signs and some sentences but not how to write it in pinyin, so my mouth and my brain were really confused. Sitting next to a swedish girl, whith who I am talking swedish doesn´t help either. Harvey got her first accident today and I got my first experience of going to a pharmacy and talk with hands, feet and my phone. I was successful though. It is a really nice feeling to at least see and read some signs or say "thank you" but it is just the first week, so there is more coming up. The university and the course are very different from Sweden. You really have to sit 3-6 hours after the course and study your stuff. To keep it cool, we are exploring the area around here every night and day. Wudaoko is a very lively area with a lot of interesting bars and shops and weird stuff they sell at night. Next week there are also holidays for 2 days, so I hope we will see more of the city. The weather is still very hot, but I was lucky with the Smog so far - it is still decent. Tonight we are getting to know the club scene in the inofficial orientation week, which seems pretty nice. The official Welcome Day was more like explaining the laws (everything is forbidden) and the laws (there are serious punishments) anf gangfights are forbidden (damn it) We even have to tell them that we leave the country. AAAH another thing...Big Brother is watching you. There are cameras everywhere. On the dormfloors, on the streets, even in the classrooms...it is crazy
9.9.16 13:43

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