Sitting at an internet cafe now that’s situated on the University campus. Guess I’ll use this as my main communication network. The trip to Beijing has been the longest time I’ve continously travelled. I spent like 30 hours and more just travelling, flying, waiting etc. I’m still jetlagged.
Ok, so the University (Renmin) is amazingly beautiful. The campus is amazing. It’s so different to Stellenbosch. At night everyone comes out and walks the streets of the campus. It’s like mini-jool every night. I got a Korean roommate, named Sup. Yes, I kid you not! However, he is not the coolest guy on the planet. I went to bed early last night (Sunday) to catch up on sleep. He went out partying, came back 5:ooam and tried to sleep. He couldn’t cause he wanted to gag. So I was woken up by a Korean trying to gag. I left the room, to stroll the campus at 5:30 this morning. It was very calm! But alas, I was actually on the search for decent food. We ate the International Building cafeteria last night and I was not impressed. It’s siff really! I love Western Chinese food way more. This stuff is just disgusting. So I’m kinda constantly hungry now, but I’ll adapt.
After the stroll I went back to sleep. Then at 10 I missioned with friends to get some food again. Walked to a department store across from the Uni. Very big! Afterwards we took a taxi (OMG YAY!) to the computer markets. WOAH. Is that impressive. There are millions of shops. We went into an informal building and was swamped by people trying to sell us things. Was crazy! Once you pointed to something they took it as an insentive to buy. Hell, no. We quickly made our way out there and went to chain stores which was much more civil. Also missioned through an underground mall. Interesting stuff.
I’m currently trying to change my roommate and move in with one my classmates. I hope I can settle it. I would love to be able to have my own comfort zone here in this crazy place! The facilities at the hostel is ok, I guess. The showers, luckily are enclosed, but the shower head is non-existant. It’s like someone showering you with a hose. There are also those “pit” toilets, but luckily there is one normal toilet for those like me.
So far, my Chinese has helped me a little. It’s great to understand some things. Makes it less daunting I guess. We might be going out for some karaoke tonight, but I’m not sure if I’ll be able to. Still very tired. Classes start early.
Cheers for now.