Okay, this is too funny so I just had to share. Tonight I am looking on several travel websites, and was checking out the prices for tours of places like Thailand or the Philippians because I would like to travel for Spring Holiday. So I’m on one of the websites and the prices seemed soooo reasonable and I’m like “Hey this is awesome,” so I pretty well decide which tour I think I want to go on, then I realize the tour prices are in U.S. Dollars not RMB! The price was 6 times more expensive than what I thought it was.
So I’m getting adjusted to living in China.
RIDING ON A SCOOTER
(please don’t get scared Mom…)
I was at the grocery store at 6pm on a Thursday night which is during rush hour, and it was absolutely impossible to get a taxi. I waited around for 5-10 minutes and every taxi that passed already had passengers in them. Outside the mall there are dudes on scooters that try to make a little money on the side by driving people to and fro. The first one that came up and started talking to me, I shook my head no, and he went away. Then there was another one that came up and we had a long conversation. It was comical because he couldn’t speak English and I can’t speak Chinese. So anyhow he asks me in Chinese if I need a ride, I answered “No thanks” in English. He proceeds to spit out a couple garbled sentences and points at the traffic and the taxi’s. I respond, “Yeah, I know, it’s going to be hard to get a taxi right now”. In the meantime I’m standing with two huge reusable shopping bags full of groceries, a laptop bag and my purse. One of my grocery bags had ripped almost completely off the handle because I stuffed to many things in it. So there you have it folks, I rode home on the back of a random chinese guy’s scooter, and held on for dear life, while he weaved in and out of traffic.
the restaurant, of course
Today our group went to an American Restaurant called Aloha. It is known for their hamburgers including the Big Kahuna burger that is served on two grilled cheese sandwiches. I got the chicken cassidea which was amazing. They also have milk shakes that are comparable with Steak and Shake. It was so much fun to get to see some of my friends from different schools and spend time talking about how we are all getting along in China.