Little Russia and finding that Western store again...
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Vacation is over, and the work begins. But before, there was another trip across townā¦further across town where Librette used to live. She said something about pants and hems, but all I cared about was internet cafĆ©, DVD store and getting the wireless router for the apartment. At the internet place, I couldnāt open my teaching schedule since they didnāt have Excel, and that was the primary reason I was there. But I spent my full hour on the ānet, checking out my sites (MLS, Revolution, MySpace, Facebook, Travbuddy, etc). Just before my time was up Librette and her mom came back from their errands to use the internet (why couldnāt we all do it at once so I didnāt have to sit there bored out my skin). Anyway, her mom was still doing stuff, and we went to the DVD place. I did good- only 4 compared to her 6.
I know, I know- Top Gun? Besides being the only good Tom Cruise movie, I just couldnāt help myself. And now Iām on the lookout for more.
That was the end of the vacation. I started (really started) on Tuesday. I had my first solo Face-to-Face (F2F) and it went well. I also did two classes about Weddings Around the World. It wasnāt until too late that I figured out how to put videos in my PowerPoint presentations.
Wednesday was another round of World Weddings and the video didnāt go over as well as Iād hoped. Iāll keep it in since I have two more classes of that. I had another workshop about Socializing, and it went better than expected. Since no one booked my F2F, I didnāt do it. The rest of the time was spent preparing and working on my lesson on the Czech Republic. We also had a career development meeting and we worked with PowerPoint and I got to show them a little about Vermont. Made me crave maple syrup though.
Finally tried a moon pie after three weeks and it wasnāt that bad. Dry without much flavor, but it wasnāt that bad. Definitely edible. Glad I have them because if nothing else, theyāre food!
Something I knew, but this random thought popped into my head on the walk home from the subway- Walking and crossing streets in Beijing may be an extreme sport, but I canāt think of anything more extreme than driving in Beijing. New Yorkers wouldnāt have the balls to do it (no offense to any New Yorkers). Iām definitely surprised by the lack of accidents, and almost surprised by the lack of road rage. Must be all the tea and Tai Chi.
One week down the drain. There were some low points, but there were high points. And one of those high points was Daniel (a foreign teacher from Canada) who showed me where Jenny Louās is. Actually, thereās more than one in Beijing, but he took me to the one nearest to the school by Ritan. We were looking for beer and snacks for my class on the Czech Republic, so I didnāt really get to look around much. But I did find Kraft Mac and Cheese. Thereās also a kepab place next door, which is where we got lunch.
Not that either of us ate at the school. By the time we got back, I had to finish prepping for 2 classes, so my lunch and root beer sat by the computer Iād taken over that day. And during the office hour I had, I spent most of that looking around for an apple pie or apple strudel. Then I had my Culture Club class on Praha and a F2F, then it was time to go homeā¦
Where I ate my ālunchā with a beer and watched Live Free or Die Hard (not too bad, not at all) and Transformers (did some fast-forwarding, but it was still pretty good. I have a newfound appreciated for dirty āsoldierā Josh Duhamel).
Day offā¦spent the morning getting my internet fixed, then spent the afternoon at Wangfujing at a foreign language bookstore and then wondering about Ritan looking for Jenny Louās since I was coming from the opposite direction than Daniel and I took. After wondering around Little Russia for a while, I finally found it.
I really need to remember that I donāt have to buy everything I see. And I forgot what Iād gone in there for- the Mac and Cheese. But I bought plenty of other things, including root beer, ginger ale, spaghetti and sauce, a can of tuna fish, a can of Chef Boyardee Spaghetti and meatballs (in case of food emergency), pudding and pancake mix. And the rumors of Ben and Jerryās are true- I found some! Didnāt buy any, but itās here. And Pop Tarts.
Being in Little Russia made me wonder something- how is it that I'm here and Christina isn't? After all, she took Russian forever and Chinese... and I can managed 3 words in Chinese and about the same in Russian. Isn't that ironic... *cue Alanis Morisette*
Yes, that was a HEAVY backpack on the way back home. Not sure how long it took, but it seemed like it took forever! My back, legs and feet hurt so much! Feels a little now since Iāve been on the couch surfing.
Time for pancakes, a movie, then itās a shower and bed since I have to work tomorrow.