‘A tale of two tea’s…’
Trip Start Jul 18, 2010
82Trip End Mar 04, 2011
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On another note, after much pressure on the university - my degree certificate is currently winging it’s way to the HK office. Ultimately meaning that my visa should be through before the end of next month, and furthermore - unaccompanied travel to HK will be possible again! I could not be happier about this fact. I hope I don’t become a hermit in the interim.
This weekend is pretty chilled. I arrange to go to the local department store Elaine took me to, Rainbow shopping mall, on Saturday for a couple of hours. Two members of personnel accompany me, one speaks a small amount of English, but we get everything I need. Including, this is so weird… ‘Waitrose’ tea bags?! I have no idea why they were there… just randomly on the shelf next to all the Chinese brands! All the text is in English also, really strange! So, my first English tea in weeks (and the getting was good).
After the mall, we went on a wild goose chase to find credit for my phone - on giving up, we found ourselves outside a strangely familiar sign… the ‘Teabucks’ teahouse I’d seen with Peter in Chang’an! One of the personnel girls hopped out, and returned with 3 drinks. I was given one and explained that it was very milky, cold tea. On tasting, it is incredibly sweet - almost bordering on a milkshake really… but, with small, jellied balls at the bottom! I thought they were chocolate at first - until one flew through the straw and I got a nasty shock! I tried to ask what they were, but the language barrier reared it’s ugly head - so all I can describe them as is small balls of jelly, fairly tasteless… google it!
Other news from this week is that as of Monday - I will be teaching English culture & language lessons 6 times a week… actually it’s 8times this week, 2 x Monday lunch, 2 x Monday night, and the same again for Wednesday. I’m just glad Friday’s a national holiday else it’d be 12! I am actually terrified about this, I have never taught before, and I’m not even sure that my English is proficient enough to qualify me teaching it to others! So, that will be an interesting blog for next week, if I survive!