Can’t believe the first week is already done and over with! It’s gone far too fast and it’s been such a good week. I have learnt so much more than I could have ever imagined and seen a different side of China.
I will at some point get pictures of the school, however, this week I just kept forgetting. I was so focused on learning Mandarin and literally nothing else, apart from food of course. My level of Chinese is at the point where I’m starting to be able to pick out words in a conversation and sort of make sense of the general subject and also even make basic general conversation. However, the thing with Mandarin is that it hates people who are trying to learn it because it’s decided to create words that are not only spelt the same but have the EXACT same tone and so sound EXACTLY the same. The only way to know what the word means is in the context or by its character written down.
Today the week was nicely ended with a phone call from Kevin, one of the teacher at the school asking if I wanted to join the Summer Camp students and teachers for duck! After last weeks “disaster” I’m surprised I actually felt like any but I jumped at the idea. It seems the craving was back again!
After much confusion between teachers of where to meet we finally got to the restaurant which was located near Jintailu. Inside it was extremely posh, however, the prices were reasonable. We ordered more than enough food and it came to around £5 each.
Probably also wondering what I mean by “suffocated”. Well, basically, when I take the subway in the morning the carriages are so full that I stand by the door of the subway and the transport helpers run at us to squeeze us in. Once in the subway I physically cannot move. It is actually insane.
This picture was taken at 11pm at night and the station is still fairly full: