Church, Restaurants and Class
Trip Start Feb 27, 2013
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Today was the day that mum went home
Today, at lunchtime, we all went out to the cafeteria to eat. Chinese was the only common language amongst us, so it was another good chance to practice speaking as well as get to know my classmates for this semester. This was the first time I had seen the cafeteria, and, coming from Australia, the whole experience was a little surreal to me. Even at university, we have little cafes and restaurants, but we don’t have a dining hall the size of this one. It had three levels, and inside, it was pandemonium! There was no such thing as queues, or waiting your turn, you just had to make your way to one of the counters with food you like, and wait until one of the servers notice you. There were arms, money and food everywhere. It was a little intimidating today, but I will definitely get used to it, as it will be the place I mainly eat for the next while. The food is cheap (lunch cost me about AUD$1.60), and it is about as good as you would expect cafeteria food to be
I have been trying out different restaurants the last few days. One of them desperately required someone to re-translate the dishes, because one dish was labeled "bizarre food" and another was called “casserole of bacteria”. Perhaps they should hire Sammy, Rebecca or Emily who would be able to find much more appealing names for the dishes. That translation certainly does not entice me to try some bacteria casserole.
Sunday, I also went to Church for the first time in China. A regular churchgoer back home, it was important for me to find a Church, since I will be here for such a long time. I wasn’t really expecting too much; China is a communist country, and communism traditionally does not allow religion. It is only recently that Churches have been allowed to freely set up, so I was curious to see if it was popular or not. I was so surprised when I turned up to the huge building, with massive sign altering all to what it was. The church itself was so big, it was like a lecture theatre, with an enormous projector up the front of the speaker, and TV screens so that the people up the back could see. There was not an empty chair. People squeezed as many as they could into the pews, but it still left about two rows of people standing up the back. I made several mental notes to never be late, because it is a long time to stand. It was the fifth service this Church was doing for the day, and I couldn’t believe how busy it was. It was inspiring to see so many foreign and Chinese Christians meeting in the one place together. It was a nice sermon, and I enjoyed the whole experience.