Monday, August 11, 2008

I'm here!

After 18 hours of air travel, Gharry & I are in Beijing :) I was telling my sister last night, this is the most out of place I have felt in my life. In other countries, you can usually tell what is a bank vs. a restaurant or what have you, but here all you get are symbols, and those are hard to distinguish! Last night my driver did not speak a word of English other than "Hi". I asked him if he spoke English while he was driving and he started talking for about two minutes in Chinese & the only thing I recognized was "English" at the very beginning! Luckily, he knew where he was taking me ahead of time...It's going to be a fun few weeks, but I will be happy when I have some one to translate!

Anywho, I finally arrived last night (or this morning to everyone in America) and was so glad to jump into bed after a nice hot shower! My flights were not too bad, given that they were so long! Today I will get to work with my team preparing our program to start in just 8 days...can't wait! I get to finally meet the people I have been emailing & Skyping with for a few months at breakfast at 8, can't wait!

Interesting tid bit of information: listed in the Health Club description is table tennis. They really take that sport seriously here! I guess that is why they are able to dominate that sport!

....I will try to get you an interesting 'tid bit' every time I post...I know some of you (well maybe just mom & Grandma?) would enjoy it!
That's all for now, I'm off to get ready for the day...Love from Beijing!


  1. I'm so excited for you!! And I totally understand the whole feeling completely out of place thing -- but isn't it kind of fun?!

    Good word to know: bathroom - tseh swhoa (eh like the first "e" in "ever", whoa like for a horse)


  2. And me :-) Glad you arrived safely!


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