Smooth Sailing into Beijing

Trip Start Sep 01, 2010
Trip End Jul 31, 2011

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Wednesday, February 23, 2011

I landed last night around 10PM at Beijing International Airport after my 11+hour direct flight from Seattle. On board the flight, I was lucky enough to have an empty seat on my right and the aisle on my left so there was plenty of legroom. The Chinese gentleman two seats away engaged me into conversation even before the plane had left the terminal. Apparently he was going to visit his ill father in Qingdao and was going through Beijing. We talked about my intentions on going for studies in China, colleges for his high school son and foods in Beijing. An entertaining fellow, however for some reason I seem to attract those who wish to speak with me in Mandarin, I'll add him to my growing list.

I arrived into Beijing late Tuesday night and my flight was slightly delayed due to rain in Seattle. After going through customs and collecting my luggage, I met up with Jeff who was waiting at the international arrivals lounge. We were able to get a cabbie who would take the both of us to the university with all of our luggage. Upon arrival at the dormitory, we were able to get a room for the both of us and requested a room on the 10th floor or higher. We ended up with the 11th floor on the side where College Perk cafe was located. Our window view faces Wudakou and the other tower of the dormitory.

Once we unpacked our luggage and retrieved the bags of items we had left behind, we were pretty much set for the rest of the semester in terms of supplies. We have a combined total of 50+ hangers, 20+ disposable chopsticks, 4 umbrellas, several bowls, silverware and a whole lot of dish soap, a pink bucket, a strainer, french press....the list goes on and on. I need to find a way to off load the items we have in the room.

After registering in the morning, I was happy to see my name temporarily assigned to class B8. Of course, I'll aim for B+ level courses as I would like to push myself in absorbing as much Chinese as I can this semester.

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