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... but just couldn't take it anymore.
One highlight has been making a new friend who is also a laowai (foreigner) that can speak confident Chinese. After having dinner together I suddenly feel a lot more empowered about my role, my job and the art of being a laowai in China. Basically it all comes down to confidence. I have to be boss of every situation, and should make demands and expect to get them met just because I am white and ...
... motorcycles, scooters, bikes, and pedestrians. The light just turns green and you go. Driving is insane, there might as well not be any lanes painted on the road. Driving here is kind of like a cat, "if it fits, it sits", so "if it fits, it goes"... and sometimes not even if it fits it still goes. But the taxis are pretty cheap which is good.
There are a ton of markets around here, so we went to the supermarket to get food to keep ...
... I can only guess that most people here dry themselves with hand towels. I managed to get Will, Ian and Lee to help me buy a bed sheet and pillow in the evening, which must have been a quite a sight because it took 4 of us 15 minutes asking about bedsheets, and a lot of laughing by the poor supermarket lady and we ended up walking out with a canvas mat, and a pillow which I discovered later was stuffed with hay. The boys said they all use mats ...
... rather vague, but they told me a few things I needed to do such as open a bank account and they would help me apply for a residence permit. I also filmed a 5 minute video about Fathers' Day for their website and they seemed pretty happy about it.
Opening the bank account wasn't so difficult as I imagined. One girl there could speak a bit of English so between the 2 of us utilising both languages we managed to get everything done ...
I arrived in Hangzhou last night, and it is fair to say it is a bit of an adjustment for me. I owe a debt of gratitude to my friend Will who not only picked me up from the airport but patiently trudged around the city all day with me finding places I need to know how to get to. He is 4 years my junior, but here I feel like a useless child who would be almost clueless without his help.
Anyway after he picked me up from the airport he drove me to a hotel ...
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