Winding Down and Reflecting

Trip Start May 26, 2007
Trip End Jun 28, 2007

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Flag of China  , Guangdong,
Tuesday, June 26, 2007

Today was pretty uneventful.  I ate breakfast and then did some email.  I went with Beibei and her grandma to the hospital on campus this morning that her grandma used to work at.  Beibei was going to get her glasses updated and get her ears pierced.  I went with them because I wanted to see Beibei get her ears pierced but when we got around to that part we discovered they no longer did it there.  Chinese hospitals didn't seem as organized as American hospitals though.  It seemed like people could go wherever they wanted rather than being restricted until they were called in.

We walked back home and had lunch: some kind of fried rice with vegetables and eggs mixed in.  Now that has got to be something that I wouldn't have finished in my first week but today I didn't mind it at all and finished my whole bowl!

This afternoon Beibei and I watched Pirates of the Caribbean II and III after discovering that I had accidentally bought two copies of the second one instead of one of the first, and one of the second.  The covers looked different so I hadn't noticed.  Oh well, they were each 5 yen so less than $1.

For dinner I had two bowls of sticky rice (I am "fan tou" after all...translated to "rice bucket" new nickname).  I also had some chicken and some kind of mixture of eggs and bitter melon.

Then Beibei and I walked to a little store on campus to buy an ice cream and walk around as we ate it.  I've had a few ice creams like that while I've been here in China and they just aren't the same as American ice cream.  The Chinese ice cream is about half as sweet.

I'm down to only two more fully days in China.  I'll miss traveling a lot and some of the culture that I've gotten used to, but it will be nice to have a soft bed.  It will also be nice to dry off after a shower rather than remaining wet because of the humidity.  It will also be nice not having to carry around toilet paper to use in public restrooms.  I'll miss learning Chinese, meeting Chinese people, traveling, buying stuff for cheap, and all the new sights and experiences I have on a daily basis.  By the time I land in Phoenix on Thursday afternoon, I will have taken 14 planes in the past month.  That has got to be a record that will last for a while for me.

Places don't have one central air conditioning unit here.  For example, every room in the apartment has its own AC unit on the wall.  Every time you walk into a new room, it is sticky until it cools off after you turn it on.

I moved back in the room with Beibei yesterday so the two guests could have the other room.

No one owns clothes driers here.  Most people own washing machines and then hang their laundry on their balcony.  That hanging thing just ain't gonna get my clothes soft though.
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