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Nothing could prepare me for what I would experience so far in China. Most people would think that the teaching aspect would be the most difficult to adapt to, but I have thoroughly enjoyed my time teaching in China so far. The students are great and love engaging with a foreigner for some it’s a bit of a frightening experience, seeing a foreigner for the first time. The most difficult adaptation I have made would have to be that of food. Chinese food as we know it back home ...
... and when I mentioned that I wanted to buy jade for my student's mothers and my family she got on her phone and called a friend who owned a Jade Shop! Guanxi or connections is what the Chinese refer to these relationships. In the U.S. we also have guanxi, but not as extensive.
She walked me out of the market and about half a mile to her friend's Jade Shop. She let me pick out about 30 pieces that were reasonably priced, drove ...
... to much food. We then went down to the nice central part (on the outside of town, a modern thing) and wandered around lit up floats dedicated to the first ever Black Cattle Festival, till it was time for us to be shipped off to our hotel. That was a shocker, it was easily the nicest hotel in the city, and a lot nicer than most I've stayed in while on my own in my life. It was a shame to have only one night there.....
The next day we ended up ...
... t observe this same liking, because cold drinks are few and far between here. They like to drink warm drinks, no matter what meal and no matter what weather. Sure it may be 80 degrees outside, but doggone it the Chinese are drinking hot water and hot tea!
In an earlier post I mentioned my stay with Chen Min's auntie and my lesson on properly serving Chinese tea. Well, on Saturday this same Auntie invited us to return to Zibo ...
... Auntie, her sister, and her nephew took me to a fancy mountain-side restaurant. We ate like kings and queens, and enjoyed the beautiful scenery all the while. Then back to Zibo it was for me, and many many thanks to Auntie for all her generosity. I couldn't have asked for a better family to have my home-stay with, and even though I wasn't happy about going at first, everything turned out feichang hao (非常好: extremely ...