Strawberry picking/pear flowers:
"How do you get around? I mean, you don't speak or read the native language, and yet you still manage to travel."Well let me introduce you all to My Little Black Book... of Chinese Travel
|Preparation for departing Shijiazhuang Airport/Arriving Shanghai Hostel|
Adjustment phaseAgain, after some time (usually 6 to 12 months), one grows accustomed to the new culture and develops routines. One knows what to expect in most situations and the host country no longer feels all that new. One becomes concerned with basic living again, and things become more "normal". One starts to develop problem-solving skills for dealing with the culture and begins to accept the culture's ways with a positive attitude. The culture begins to make sense, and negative reactions and responses to the culture are reduced.
Me: Hello?After having two cabs pass me up after seeing I was a foreigner I all but jumped in front of the third cab. I hauled my backpack and messenger bag into the front seat with me and again my phone began ringing.
Tyler: Hey, have you left yet?
Me: No, the bus from the new campus to the middle campus was late. I’m still at the middle campus looking for a cab
Tyler：I'm - t- bus - on - Jie.
Tyler: I'M AT THE BUS STOP ON YUCAI.
Me: Oh hey your phone is working!
Tyler: I know, I hit it.
Me: Well hey, I'm trying to get a taxi I'll come pick up you. I'll call you when I'm headed your way.
Tyler: If I get one first I'll come to you.
Me: Okay bye.
Me: Hello?Suddenly I remembered I still hadn't called Tyler to tell him I was coming. It would completely be our luck that we both got taxi's and were headed to get the other.
Emily: Where are you?
Me: I'm in a cab, I'm getting Tyler, we should still make it on time but it'll be close.
Emily：I need you to tell Tyler to call me it's really important.
Me: Okay gotta go bye.
*ringing, then dead air*So we got to the intersection and sure enough there's Tyler on the opposite corner looking as frantic as ever. The taxi driver was starting to get pissed cause I wasn't telling him where to go so, in my total mastery of the Chinese language I just started pointing at Tyler and shouting "PENGYOU JAR, PENGYOU JAR". So Tyler sprinted across the intersection, hopped in the car, and gave the Taxi driver directions to...Emily's school? Here's how that conversation went:
Tyler: -a -t
Me: I CAN'T HEAR YOU JUST LISTEN. I'M IN A TAXI ON MY WAY TO YUCAI AND HUEBEI LU ABOUT 1 MINUTE. CALL EMILY RIGHT NOW. SHE IS UPSET ABOUT SOMETHING. GET YOUR DAMN PHONE FIXED. BYE
Me: Tyler the train station is the other way!So after a near death experience of our taxi driving crossing a 4 lane street on a red light, we arrived at Emily's school and Tyler took off running. After the longest 5 minutes ever he came running out of the gate. Passport in one hand, a giant wad of 100元 notes in the other. So we were headed across our district to the main train station...at 5:30pm on a weekday. Waiting in the traffic was brutal but I've gotta give our driver some credit cause he sure knew how to weave in and out of the main traffic bundle. We pulled up to the station and Tyler began to pay him and I got my bags situated and took off running. It was at this point that I realized I did not pack well for China. I was one belt to short, and loosing my pants fast, but at this point it was every man for himself. Tyler, the marathon runner he is, sprinted off to find Emily as I jogged my way across the parking lot and outdoor waiting area to the security line. Huffing and puffing I pulled out my ticket and began throwing 'bows and shoving my way through the crowd. I could see Tyler's head above the rest about four in front of me but no Emily. It was not until later that I learned he had used her as a battering ram to quickly traverse the security crowd.
Tyler: I KNOW WE HAVE TO GO GET EMILY'S PASSPORT AND WALLET SHE FORGOT THEM!
Me: WHAT DO YOU MEAN SHE FORGOT THEM?!
*tyler begins shouting "faster" in Chinese at the taxi driver*
Tyler: She's calling somebody to let me in so I can pick them up.
Me: Tyler we only have 20 minutes left.
Tyler: I know this.
Oh, they must've put a decoration or something on the castket for... nope that's his head
My TV shot sparks and something inside caught fire. This is an electrical fire hazard and needs to be fixed immediately.Sure enough two days later the fixit man (as Li calls him) was knocking on my door. In 30 minutes he disassembled my TV, found out what was wrong, and fixed it.