Day 11: In Need of Seat Belts, Peanut Butter, & Flats

03 Sep

Our trip to Shijiazhuang was mostly uneventful. We did all of our transportation successfully by ourselves and the medical exams weren’t exceptionally traumatic or invasive and now hopefully that whole process is done.

Because we got our exams done in the morning and our results to bring back to the school weren’t going to be ready until 4, we had to spend the day walking around Shijiazhuang. Though Shijiazhuang is closer to what we were expecting and hoping to live in, other than finding some decent street food, figuring out a way to order a mango smoothie and a mocha Frappuccino equivalent from someone who spoke very little English, and hanging out in KFC for about an hour, today was uneventful and filled with walking.

And despite the burgeoning normality of daily mishaps and frustrations, I am very happy today and as we rode back into Baoding, we talked about how it’s becoming a little more endearing every day, in the developing world that’s our home kind of way.

Since nothing more is very interesting for today, here are some things I’ve noticed about Baoding/China:

-Most women wear high heels everywhere they go and still cannot walk in them without looking like chickens (wonderful consequence of a male-dominated world)

-People seem to not believe in seat belts – the other night, in the back of a taxi, I was pretty much convinced I was going to die because it was the first time I’d been in a fast-moving car and not wearing a seat belt

-Most service women wear those little hair bows with the hair net attached and I can’t help thinking about the ones sold at the dance stores I’ve worked at in the past

-We cannot find peanut butter nor hydrogen peroxide!

Here is a picture of a local street at night:
Nangda Street

A cute drawing I found in the coffee house guestbook (also a tribute to my Baby Desmond furbaby I miss at home):
Cat drawing

Thank you for reading. First day of teaching tomorrow! 🙂


Posted by on September 3, 2013 in Baoding, Travel, Uncategorized


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5 responses to “Day 11: In Need of Seat Belts, Peanut Butter, & Flats

  1. Leslie

    September 3, 2013 at 3:36 pm

    Good luck on your first day:)

  2. Elijah D.

    September 16, 2013 at 1:34 pm

    I know! No peanut butter. To be honest, that was one of my biggest worries about coming to China. It’s gotten to the point where I’m going to try and make some on my own.

    • abelcher22

      September 17, 2013 at 9:36 am

      We found peanut butter! If you have a supermarket called Huiyou/Hui-mart take a look around in there.

      • Elijah D.

        September 17, 2013 at 1:15 pm

        Yeah, I found peanut butter tonight at a random little supermarket! I mean, it’s Skippy, which isn’t my first choice by a long shot, but hey, beggar’s choice and all that.


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