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Beijing, July 12, 2010

Back to class...

overcast 26 °C

On Friday I had my first round of tests, which apparently are going to be weekly. I got an A in writing and a B in speaking though, so I'm off to a good start!

This weekend was relatively unexciting, compared to the first few days I was here. My only real accomplishment was buying a new phone.

My phone has been the single biggest hassle I've had to deal with. I flew over here with the idea that I'd be able to use the same phone I had in the states if I got a new SIM card, but that quickly went up in smoke. Turns out AT&T requires me to email them asking for an unlock code, then wait two days for them to process the request. I've done so, twice, with no response. It cost me $25 USD each time.

That left me infuriated for a few days, after which I simply went and bought a Chinese phone at an electronics store near campus. I've got it switched to English and so far it seems to be fine.

On the bright side, today I made a new Chinese friend! I was in the cafe on the second floor of my dorm building, eating some rice with some pretty hot peppers in it. I don't usually buy drinks there because they're really expensive, up to five times the standard street cost of a water or coke. Anyway, I couldn't make it through the meal without something to drink, so I ran up to my room for a water bottle and then came back. The place wasn't too busy, so one of the girls who works there saw me, made a comment about the food being hot and brought me a glass of ice water. I thanked her profusely, learned her name and ended up getting her to help me do my homework. Score! I'm pretty happy about it, since it looks like I'm going to be living in this building for the whole year and I'd like to be friends with the staff anyway.

Got to go now, but I still really want to talk about food, so I'll cover that next time!

Posted by Tony China 02:45 Archived in China Tagged living_abroad

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