I'm finally back online!
27.06.2010 - 05.07.2010 25 °C
Hey everybody, sorry about the wait but have no fear: As of today I am _officially_ reconnected with the internet. Touchdown in Beijing was eight days ago on June 27'th, and the past week has been filled to bursting with activity, more than I can write in a single post, but I'll do my best to keep you up to date from now on. I haven't bought a camera here yet, but my new friends have taken _lots_ of pictures of me, soon to be revealed.
_I love it here._
Day 1: Started in the plane, which was a really nice ride, complete with lots of free movies and three not-unsolid meals. On the descent into China I was introduced to the thick, smoggy shell that surrounds the city (making sunblock all but unnecessary). Walking out of the plane into the Beijing Capital International Airport, I learned about something else: the heat.
It's hot here, unbelievably, searingly, beyond belief hot. This week the Chinese government officially declared a heat wave, with temperatures averaging around 38 C, or 100 F. It's been dry lately, but when I landed the humidity was around 70 percent.
BCIA is a huge and beautiful airport, with high futuristic ceilings, a train running smoothly from end to end every few minutes, and the peaceful sound of traditional Chinese music in the distant background. Personally, my favorite airport so far. For the first time the advertisements and instructional signs around me were primarily in Chinese, with smaller English text below. Even so, it was easy to find where I needed to go to change my USD and find a taxi.
I'm still busy here and it's time to get back to studying, so I'll have to cut this post short for now, but next time look forward to hearing about my first time talking to the locals and my impressions of the BNU campus!
Zai jian (goodbye)!