Trip Start Sep 03, 2007
Trip End Dec 22, 2007

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Monday, September 10, 2007

So after a week without any coffee, Maria and I were becoming desperate for caffeine. We decided to break from the group to find a cafe. We walked for awhile and saw a small sign for Little Bridge Cafe. We walked across this quaint little bridge down an alley way to find this tiny little cafe. It was the cutest little place with couches and pillows, wall paintings. There was also a porch outside with tables that looked over the water. It almost looked straight from Seattle. Also upstairs there was a youth hostel... so if anyone wants to visit I'll show you the place. The coffee was 25 kuai, which is about $3.50. This is incredibly expensive considering that I have eaten 5 meals for this same price. The coffee was rather mild. However, it was totally worth it and we figure that we will learn how to say "double shot" soon. We already met one of the regulars there and Maria and I have decided to also become regulars and join in on local conversations.

On another note, we also found the perfect place for dinner. On campus there is this tiny restaurant tucked in a small alley. We sat down at this table to be greeted by a tiny boy in a spiderman t-shirt. He couldnt stop staring at us, though refused to talk. He was ADORABLE. However, the most amazing part was across from the table they were making the noodles fresh. We all ordered noodles, saw him make the noodles, cook the noodles and then serve them to us. I am not sure I have ever had food that was this fresh. The best part was this HUGE bowl of noodle soup with beef was only 4 kuai, which is $.53. AMAZING.

Also, today was the first day of classes. It was not as bad as I was expecting. Though of course it was all in Chinese and I feel like I only understand about %25 of what they said to me. Including what the homework is..... oh well. Both of my teachers were super cute. The second teacher, was a little peppy girly girl with a high pitched voice that giggled after most of what she said. Also interesting she was wearing a shirt that said "Guaranteed %100 Pennsylvania. AMAZING. My class has one Japanese student one German student and the rest are Korean; who apparently do not have the same classroom etiquette. Cell phones went off consistently, they yelled across the room to each other and just got up and left the classroom. It was quite strange.

Anyway, now that my first class is taken care of and I have found my coffee shop I am feeling much more at home! YAYAYAYAY!

Much love

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