On Friday night we had the welcoming dinner for the exchange students. It was delicious. I think over the approx. ten courses my favorite dishes were the sticky rice, red bean desert, corn and fish soup, and ball of shrimp. Other dishes included: a meat platter, shrimp/celery/garlic dish, chicken, fish, and an orange for second desert. I forgot my camera. I went to sleep soon after I got back because of waking up at 5 am. Anyway.
Then on Saturday we had a touristy day around HK. We went to the peak (which is where the photo below was taken), Stanley market, and Avenue of Stars. A good touristy day.
And if you look closely in the picture, you can see the tall building from which the Batman kidnapped Lau. And so that makes 2 tall buildings that I have seen within 2 months that the Batman was in/on. But enough about the geeky stuff.
Things have started to quiet down and I’ve started to settle in. I went running yesterday for the first time and it was alright. My legs gave out before my lungs, which is a little weird. If I ever have to stop and rest, I’m usually out of breath. However, I wasn’t even breathing hard. My legs were just old-man legs, I guess. Chinese U has maps of routes around the campus, encouraging people to walk and be active. Some day I will conquer the long map (6.5km) without stopping. 6.5 kilometers may seem like a lot to you but consider the following: half of it is down a mountain. Although, the other half is UP A MOUNTAIN. As you like.
Today was my first day of class. I completely forgot to be anxious today. Maybe tomorrow I can stress about whether the other kids like me or not. I have two classes today: Marriage, Family, and Kinship (MFK) tutorial (discussion), but since we haven’t had lecture yet, we didn’t have the class. Then I had my putonghua (mandarin) class. It was pretty easy, but it was only the first day. If I practice, then I can be good-ish. Tomorrow I have the MFK lecture, a different putonghua class (more speaking-focused. The class today stresses writing and grammar), and intro to Chinese lit lecture. Can’t wait.
As for what’s coming: expect to see further updates about some stuff (I don’t know what, tho), more cultural differences I notice, my emotions during culture shock (i.e., when all the novelty feelings wear off and I’m faced with reality), some pictures of food (finally, I will bear – for your sake – the shame and anguish of being seen as nothing but a silly tourist), and probably more pictures of scenery around campus. I don’t honestly know how frequent these entries will be, since I don’t know how busy I’ll be, but I will be sure to post with a determined regularity.
Also, I’d like to thank you for your comments thus far! I may not respond to all of them, but I do read all of them, and I appreciate you reading this blog. If no one were to read it, I would concentrate on something else like metaphysics or Latin or facebook or anything not really important.
P.S. If you can’t read the title, it says, “I am not a tourist.” I think. Okbyebye