Getting Adjusted

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.

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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.

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ALOHA
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.

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3 Comments Add yours

  1. Cindy says:

    I hope you made it home without your grocery bags tearing! From the pictures it looks like the weather in China is beautiful. I wanted to let you know that I did mail your package from our Ladies class on Friday, Oct. 11th. It says it will take 6 to 10 average business days to arrive so we shall see! I printed out the address you gave me in your post which included your phone # so I am crossing my fingers that you will get it. When I printed out the address the entire post, along with the pictures, printed! So I went ahead and sent the pictures to you also. I am able to track the package and it is in Chicago this morning! I hope you have a great week.
    Cindy

    1. Cindy –

      Thanks so much for the thoughts and PR that I know you all have been sending my way. I emailed Juanita this morning with a rundown of everything that is going on here so I’m sure she will be able to share that with everyone at Cedar Springs soon.
      Things are going well. I’m finally starting to get into the swing of things. My classes are going well and I’m involved in a Reading Group to help my students learn English by studying in one of my Favorite Books.
      I will keep my eyes open for your Care Package, and I can ask my Waibon to check on it from time to time if it doesn’t get here by the end of the month.
      I miss everyone back home and love you all very much.

      – Chrissi

  2. Cindy says:

    Hey Chrissi,
    I have been tracking the package and it shows it was delivered to the address on the shipping label on Oct. 21st at 4:19pm. You may have to pick it up from the office.
    Cindy

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