When we arrived in Shanghai a driver and the Class Mistress of our school were there to greet us. They drove us for the 4 hour drive from Shanghai to Nanjing, and what a drive it was! It’s hard to describe what driving looks like in China as just about every car on the road performs maneuvers that you never see in the US. I’ll recap my favorite of the trip. Our driver is in the left lane and decides he wants to be in the middle because it will yield him one car length more. Without a blinker he holds down the horn (he always keeps one finger on his horn) and starts moving into the center lane without regard that he will soon collide with the car that is already there. A game of chicken ensued were the other car slowly yielded his lane and left our car in the middle and the other guy on the right. We then sped up and cut that guy off in his new lane! Suffice it to say, it’s a new experience.
We have a very nice, modern apartment in Nanjing, in the same building as the classes we’ll be teaching (yay no commute).
So far, we’ve been exploring our neighborhood and having a lot of fun trying to make ourselves understood, with the help of our Chinese dictionary. Today, we succeeded in getting a hair cut for Matt, buying a power converter, and asking directions from a family running a copy shop out of their home. It’s such a crazy experience being completely illiterate!
This was our most expensive meal for the day, vegetable lo mein. It cost us 9RMB, which is about $1.30 US. For dinner we went to a street vendor and spent 50 cents for both of us to eat
These little birds were being sold on the sidewalk for someone else’s dinner. I poked my head into the store behind and it looked more like a pet store than one for food. It had turtles, frogs, large fish…. all alive and all for sale to bring home and eat.