Time for an update!
Trip Start May 05, 2012
54Trip End Mar 01, 2013
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We returned to Tianjin later that day and had a great time sitting in Debbie's hotel room (at the bottom of our building) watching the view over the crazy intersection, talking about life in China and enjoying a beer
Showing Debby around Tianjin has been really fun. Not only did we feel like we needed to show off our language skills (thus speaking more Chinese), it was really nice to show someone from home the life we have carved out for ourselves in Tianjin- the city that for now we call home. We put Debby on her flight to Xi'an Thursday morning, and so far so good! Her school is a lot more organized than ours, phone and bank accounts set up on the first day- imagine that!
In other news, we sit our HSK exam this weekend. It should be fine so we are not too worried. Everything is happening very quickly now, we are five and a half months through our 6 months contract (where has the time gone????), and in just over two weeks we will leave for Europe. We will be returning to Tianjin after our month away to continue with the same jobs we have now. They were unable to find replacements for us, so we are pretty excited to be returning to our jobs at Aocheng. We finally feel more at home in China, and we always have little experiences that brighten our days. This morning we talked to a man in the tool shop who gave us an impromptu haka when we said we were from NZ (it took us a while to recognize it was the Haka, looked more like dancing!), we all had a bit of a laugh before going on our way. Things like this show us how far our language skills have come, and being able to communicate gives us a definite sense of belonging to the community rather than visiting.
Zai jian for now!