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