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... up on I barely
recognised myself. I had tape on my eyelids (god knows why) and false eyelashes, plus a
fake bun attached to my hair.
On Sunday we went to Shanghai as usual. I met with a friend of Ms Liang’s
... course. I got back to Jiashan after 5pm, and my host family came to pick me up from the station. Ms Liang said to me "Today I'm lucky, as I don't have to cook dinner. We are going to eat at a friend's house". I asked what time Serena's Christmas party was starting, she said 7pm and that we would be back in time. So we went to this house quite close to ours, and squeezed into a tiny kitchen area, with tiny table, and ate a really ...
... party, but there you go.
After all the speeches and videos, the au pairs were able to go for dinner together. We went to a bar for dinner and drinks, I left after I'd finished eating and got the metro back (nb - my host family own a flat in Hangzhou, so we stayed there Friday and Saturday night). On the metro I spoke with these 2 Chinese men, one of whom asked me if I was "a hybrid" ...
... my train tickets, out for lunch, for a coffee, and the countless meals out I have had with my host family. They have always paid for me, and I think they do so because 1 - this is actually part of their culture and I am "the guest" and 2 - they are nice people and would probably be horrified if I tried to pay for at least my share.
- Just got a text to say my hotel booking has been confirmed :-) ...
We also couldn't help but notice that just about every person we passed
stared down our guide until their necks couldn't twist any farther.
This made me feel a bit nervous, but then I realized it was probably
just because of his size. The locals often mocked what he was saying as we passed, which made me think he is kind of notorious for giving unknowing
tourists tours for more than they're worth. Eventually I realized he ...