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Posted by SS on February 25, 2006 at 14:53:01:

Hi from China! I've been here for nearly two weeks. Fifty more to go! So far, I have bought a bike (and learnt how to ride it!), made lots of Korean friends, had my own dorm room for the first time, SEEN SNOW OMGOMGOMG!!!, had complete conversations with strangers in Mandarin, caught a bus to the city and a taxi back without using a word of English (but plenty of handwaving), been in Japan (for a nine hour stopover), tried crab flavoured potato chips, eaten toffee strawberries (better than toffee apples by far) and taro pie at McDonalds (I prefer apple pie), been pushed around by hundreds of Chinese who as a nation don't have a grasp on the idea of a queue, been to the markets and tried bargaining (I got a snowflake necklace today for 35RMB reduced from 85RMB but I still think I was ripped off a little *l* Still, that's about AUS$6 and it was a pretty necklace so I can't complain too much) and have generally been having lots of fun! Clothes shopping is weird cos I'm either a Large here or I don't fit into the clothes at all *l* In Australia I'm size 8/10! Everything here is so cheap though! At the student cafe downstairs we pay about 6RMB per person for a huge meal that we don't even finish. That's abput AUS$1!

Also, I thought I would be sad about missing my TV shows like Lost and Desperate Housewives, but that's not a problem at all. I should have known - this is China, we can get anything pirated! I bought half seasons of both shows for about AUS$3 each *l* Beats downloading them any day!

Missing the internet a lot though cos we don't have broadband in our rooms yet. We can only apply for broadband on the 12th, 13th, 14th, 28tth, 29th and 30th of each month. I have no idea why! We arrived on the 15th so we just missed out. Counting down the days, though! :)



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