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Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Family Visit

Hopefully I will have a chance to go into more details later, but I wanted to write about a few of the highlights of having my family in town.


1. Showing off my city

After being in Shanghai, a totally new city for me, it was nice to come back "home" to Nanjing. I loved being able to show the city to everyone. I knew the restaurants to go to, sights to see, transportation (sort of), and even knew what people were saying most of the time. My favorite part of the time in Nanjing is when they came to Pukou. Walking around campus, showing off my room, and eating at Muslim Noodles was perfect. I feel like they can really appreciate what my life is like. Plus, they got to eat delicious food. We had several meals with Sherry which were awesome. She always takes great care of us & orders more food than we could imagine.


2. Pandas with Aunt Linda


Seeing the Panda Research Center in Chengdu was an amazing experience. The facility was huge & gorgeous. Our tour guide had a lot to tell us & was really good at spotting the pandas. The pandas are just as goofy and lazy as I expected. The best part of that day was when I got a chance to hold a panda cub! He (or she?) was about 7 months old and the size of a one year old child. He was fluffy & cuddly! He was very well behaved & sat on my lap & ate some bamboo. I took a ton of pictures & couldn't stop smiling. Easily one of the most amazing experiences in my life. It is unbelievable how neat it was & I realize it's something most people will never get to do.

3. Xi'an

My last biggest highlight was Xi'an. Obviously, I am pretty partial to Nanjing as the best of the Ancient Capitals. However,  Xi'an is a close 3rd (it can't beat out Beijing). No, I haven't been to the others, but I assume they don't stand a chance. The city was really dusty, but it was neat. I still choose Nanjing as a place to live, though. Xi'an is great for a weekend or a day trip. Seeing the Terracotta Warriors (兵马俑) was really impressive. I just can not imagine how long it must have taken to create those. Also, what went through Qin Shi Huang's mind that he thought he needed this much protection in his next life?! The exhibit is set up in 3 rooms & they are just unbelievably humongous! Each individual warrior is unique & has a distinct face, size, etc. I would have LOVED to see them when they were all originally painted. It must have been overwhelming. After we saw the Army, we got some of the best noodles ever! We just went to a little restaurant by the museum & order basic noodle dishes. However, these particular noodles were not ordinary at all. They were delicious! The texture was perfect, kind of thick, and the sauce/broth was great. They were a really close second to the top of my Xi'an list!

So, those are my top 3 experiences from having my family in town. The best part was just having them only a phone call/room away. I definitely miss them a lot, but now I think they can picture my life better while they are thousands of miles away.

Oops, almost forgot!

Well, I got a bit behind on my posts. Sorry! I'll try and pick those back up, but I should probably try and stay with the present for now.

We are in Week 5 of the semester. My classes have been going well. My negotiation class has dwindled, about half the size it was before. However, the good kids are still there. It works alright, just a bit of a slow start. My other classes are going pretty well. I don't have my writing class yet. I hope that goes well once it starts, but it will be a few more weeks.

My family has come & gone. I really enjoyed seeing them. But, I miss them a lot. I really enjoyed having them around. I am finally getting settled into my life again. No more exciting weekend trips or sightseeing.

The last week has been rather crappy. Broke up with the bf. Still processing it all, but it absolutely needed to happen. Now I can experience single life in China...

One exciting thing from the week is that we finally got a washing machine! Danielle & I are so happy!! Everything was set up on Tuesday & we have been using it like crazy! The warmer weather is helping us since clothes dry faster now. Definitely a modern convenience we missed!

Maybe now I will work on a post filling in from the last month. That or go to sleep...