Tiananmen, a giant shopping mall, the metro and an odd health check
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I'm grouping yesterday and today together just because I can. Tuesday night I found out that the HR orientation that I was told was canceled was still happening, so I didn't get to sleep in yesterday morning like I thought I would. I went to the EF school by the Oriental Plaza in Wangfujing. At least I had the directions emailed to me. Anyway, after breakfast and getting ready, I left an hour early (I had to be there at 10:30), and I'm so glad I did!
Now, the metro wasn't nearly as traumatic as I thought it would be since the signs were in English too. So after handing over 3rmb for a ticket (since I haven't gotten the part of my Welcome pack that includes a subway card), I gave the ticket to the woman at the ticket check and went down the stairs.
As a side note, I'm not the only New Englander in EF in Beijing, there's a woman from MA at that school.
Today was the health check, which wasn't traumatic, just weird. I met Josie (a local girl who works for EF) at the Chaoyangmen station, and we took a cab to a hospital. After getting 8 passport-type pics taken (40rmb) later, we were on our way up to the fourth floor. There I had to fill out a form, pay them 644rmb (the school gave that money to me) and first got my blood drawn. Yeah...whoever she was, she couldn't find a vein on either arm...so she took the blood from the back of my right hand.
Then was the *long* line for the ECG...once in there, I lied down on the bed and she attached some electrodes to me...then disconnected them, said everything was normal and I was on my merry way downstairs for a chest X-ray. And once that was done, Josie and I went to the desk, handed in my paper, I handed him another 30rmb from the school money, and we were on our way.
At the hotel, I got online and saw a response from someone I'd emailed about an apartment. So I gave her a call, made an appointment, and decided to head to Tiananmen. The metro ride wasn't too bad since I know now what I'm doing.