Trip Start Dec 13, 2009
25Trip End Jan 22, 2010
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Enrolling was actually more complicated than I was expecting. We had to show all types of documents from the application to my passport and visa. I got a student ID, handbook and a food card. I read the handbook, which me realise the magnitude of this endeavor. If i missed more than 2 days, then "disciplinary actions" would be taken. The money paid would not be refunded, even for illness or situations at home. I could see many of the foreign students there, but I look the youngest by far. It got me worried that this whole adventure was too much for me, but with Rebecca helping me to find rooms that I would take, and show me how to use my food card, I felt much more reassured and motivated to do it. Someone once told me to "do the thing that scares you", so I am definitely taking their advice, and hoping that I succeed.
Rebecca also showed me the most important sites that any student there needs to know- the nearest McDonalds and KFC places. That is another option for lunch if I want it.
We went to Rebecca's favourite cafe, the Bridge, which is home to locals and foreigners alike. It was a really nice place, there were mostly uni students there with their laptops and notes to study. There was a little library up the back to read, so Rebecca read whilst I wrote a speech that I am expecting to be asked about on a test on Thursday to determine what class I am in. Once we had spent enough time there, we caught a taxi back home. The taxis here are really cheap, only 2yuan per kilometer, which equals to about 28cents per kilometer. Driving here is quite crazy; indicators are optional as are seat belts. I am also yet to see a person riding a bike or scooter with a helmet. All the same, there are very few crashes here, and there is some order and mutual respect between motorists. There is little road rage as well from what I have experienced.
Once we got home, we ate fruit. We often eat fruit in front of the TV for morning tea, afternoon tea and dessert, so I have been eating a lot more fruit than usual, which is good. I think that everyone these days needs to incorporate more fruit into their lifestyles.