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I absolutely love my new hotel. It is my favorite hotel in the whole entire world. It has the most gorgeous lobby in the world. You walk in to one area that is nice and spacious with beautiful flowers, and then you walk into another area where the check-in is. Behind that counter is a huge golden mural depicting the Chinese life of long ago, it looks like it should belong in a museum. There are beautiful large arrangements of real flowers (there are a lot of fake flowers in the other hotels). If you look to the right there is a gigantic escalator, biggest one I have ever seen. To the left of that is a large comfy sitting area which looks like it serves all kinds of drinks. To the right of the escalator are all kinds of shops. It looks like real upscale shopping, but it could still be less expensive than in
Yesterday after we arrived at the hotel we had about 3 hours of free time. Most everyone was really tired though so I think everyone hung out in their rooms. Athena and I laid in bed and talked almost the whole time. We talked about books, movies, TV, food, and all kinds of other things.
Later we all met up for a really great dinner. They served us a whole chicken and the head was still on the plate. I took a picture of that. After dinner when we got back to the hotel some of us explored it for a while. We spent some time in the evening in Kate and Crystal’s room. Then Athena and I went back to our room talked for a while then went to bed.
I love sleeping on a soft bed. We don’t have an early meeting so we slept in until 8:00. It was great. This morning was really great. The breakfast here is done western style, so for breakfast I had scrambled eggs, bacon, hash browns, a donut, yogurt, and orange juice. It all tasted so good. My stomach is so happy. I am so glad I am here and not in
We have just left the Economic Development District. We had a quick meeting where we learned about what they do, which I am still not very sure about. We learned which countries have their companies established there.
The roads here are really not very good and we are in a smaller bus so we are feeling every single bump. Normally this would not bother me. It would just be a really weird ride, but I have to pee so badly. Every bump makes me ache. I dread going to the bathroom here though because they don’t have toilets, they have a porcline hole in the ground. They are called squatters. It is so uncomfortable. It takes forever to get into position, and I always find that no matter how bad I have to go, I can’t once I am ready. Then it takes me a long time to go. Most bathrooms don’t have western style toilets, but some have one and it is marked handicapped. If there is not a big line I try and wait for that one, but sometimes most of the girls are in line for that one stall. It is ridicules. There are a few girls on the trip who flat out refuse to use the squatters, and then they complain about having to go to the bathroom. It is annoying. I don’t like using them and if I don’t have to go bad enough I will hold it and wait until we get back to the hotel, but I am not opposed to using them. I think it is all part of the experience. We are here to learn about the Chinese culture. Well, the Chinese squat, so we should squat at least once. That is my way of thinking.
I feel better. So we went to lunch. I did not think it was that good, but everyone else liked it. After lunch we had an incredible tour. We went to the Honda Manufacturing Plant. The first thing we did was have a meeting where we were shown a power point presentation of the timeline in which every major event for Honda has occurred, what cars they produce, the different facilities and the operations in each, and their production rate. The really fascinating thing I learned was that 1000 cars are produced each day. That is an amazing number. When we walked into the meeting room there was a water bottle at each place along with a baseball cap that says Honda.
After the presentation they took us to their show room. In there they had the City, Fit, Accord, and Odyssey. These were all cars that will not be sold in the
Last night was really nice. The whole late afternoon was very nice. We got back to the hotel at about 3pm. I really like that because we have the option to walk around and explore the area ourselves or rest at the hotel. I decided to stay at the hotel and read. It felt so good to read. I brought a bunch of books with me and just opened one of them. I am going to have to leave a bunch of them here without reading them. It felt good to have a rest and not be constantly on the move. We did not have to meet for dinner until 6:30 so I had a nice short nap and a good read.
We had a really great time at dinner. Only half of our group went to dinner. There are a few girls in our group who refuse to even try the food. They just sit there while we eat and then they complain about their stomachs not being able to handle any more greasy and fried food. I want to ask them “how can your stomach not handle any more…you haven’t eaten anything?” I am so completely sick of their wining and complaining about everything. I really can not stand those girls. I and some other people talk about them all the time. But dinner was really nice; everyone was joking around and laughing. When we got back to the hotel I was able to borrow one girl’s computer so that I could get on the internet. Then I went to bed and slept very well.
We just visited
So when we got off the bus we were hit with the heat. It is horrible. It has to be close to 95 degrees with 100% humidity. I almost could not breathe. So there was a group of students who wanted to have their pictures taken with us. So we did that then went inside. I did not really know what to expect and when we walked into the classroom all the students stood up and applauded. It was so strange and made us feel kind of cool.
There were about 20 students all are international business majors and they all spoke very good English. Once we were inside we sat down and were shown a presentation about the city. It was very interesting, but I had a hard time hearing some of it because the Chinese students kept talking through the whole thing. After that presentation we showed them a power point of our school and Washington. They kept gasping and making us all laugh. The funniest part was when they found out there are only 1,600 students in our whole school. After our power points they opened the floor to questions. Some of the questions we were asked were about how much time we get to sleep, and how much we study. They were surprised at the amount of free time we have. I guess they spend all their time studying. They don’t do much else. I had so much fun just watching their expressions when we answered their questions.
After we were done we all went back outside into the horrible heat and took pictures. I love meeting the Chinese people because they are so excited about meeting us and they are so friendly.
I have just found my new favorite food…Pigeon. That’s right Pigeon is my new favorite food. They served a couple of whole birds and I took a section and wiped that sucker clean. I love Pigeon. Yup…That is all I have to say.
We just went on the most boring and uncomfortable tour ever. They took us on a tour of the
Yesterday never really got any better. After we finally left the University place we went back to the hotel to change into comfortable clothes. We were told then that we were going to do some sight seeing and then go shopping. I was really disappointed. The sightseeing was not fun. We went to 3 different places. The first was just a memorial for the man who brought communism to
All day the weather kept getting worse. It got to be so humid that I was really having a hard time breathing. The last stop we made was alright. It was to a
After we left there we went shopping. I was really disappointed in that too. I was expecting we would be going to some markets, but we went to an actual shopping center where you buy clothing and things like that. The bright spot there was that some of us went to McDonalds for dinner. I had been restraining myself from eating there because I wanted to stick to Chinese food, but I am really sick of it so I had a cheeseburger and fries. It was so good. I am glad we went.
The evening got better when we got back to the hotel because there was a huge thunder and lightning storm. I loved that. Athena and I had a good evening packing because we found Harriet The Spy on HBO, and we were showing each other all the stuff we have bought. We even stayed up real late talking. It sucked when the alarm clack went off this morning. So we checked out of the hotel, had one last good western breakfast and left.
I am sad to leave our really awesome hotel. We are on the train now heading for