Trip Start Aug 30, 2007
3Trip End Dec 22, 2007
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When we got to Dalian we made it through the airport without a hitch and we had people from the University waiting for us. It was a relief because we weren't sure where to go from there
On Saturday I woke up before 5 AM. Selina, one of the girls from the office, came at nine to take us to the University where we called home and checked our email (we don't have email or telephone service yet in our apartment.) After we got done with that she took us to new mart to buy a few necessities, and I got my first taste of Chinese food- I had a delicious grape flavored ice cream bar. We went back to the University then, and I called Mama and Papa again (Tami had called Selina and talked to me and insisted that I talk to my family for longer, which I really appreciated.) Then we met Phil Whitkorn (I think that is his last name), his wife and their two children. They took us out to eat our first real meal in China. I was a little aprehensive at first, because there were fish and eels and other apetizing looking things swimming in tanks in the front of the store (and smelling very fishy), waiting to be eaten. We had some kind of pork, chicken, spicy potatoes (potato strings with ginger and other spices), seasoned brocoli and of course rice. The rice that I got had scrambled egg in it. It was good. I really liked the chicken. We brought the meat and rice home and the other girls broght some pastries that they got at the resteraunt
Sunday, we went to Church and met several new people. In the afternoon we went to Olympic square with Kayla and Chris, two teachers (not much older than us) from MSU. It was really neat seeing the sights there on the bay. After we were done with our walk we took a taxi (four girls in the backseat...) and went to New Mart to get some necessities. I got orange juice (that tastes like orange tang with some orange pulp added. It's good) and a can of peach flavored soda. I am saving the soda for later. After we were done shopping we walked home to put away our goodies and then went back out to get dinner at the same resteraunt that we had gone to on Saturday. That was an adventure, as we did not have someone to translate for us! We did OK though. We didn't get the Sprite that we thought we ordered, we drank green tea instead. It was good. We got two extra bowls of rice too, but oh well, we had it for breakfast this morning! We had the pork again and also ordered a plate of sweet and sour shrimp. We weren't sure what we were ordering, we just pointed to a picture on the menu and that's what we got! It was good. After dinner, we decided to explore the neighborhood right around where we live. There are a lot of people in China! It was really neat. At one point we had some little boys (around 7 or 8 years old) yell hello to us. I said hello back and they said something in Chinese to each other and laughed. I think they might have been saying something about us being foreigners, but I'm not sure... :) After we got home we hung out in the living room and did homework and discussed watching a movie, but we finally went to bed and I journaled.
Yesterday, we went to the bank and got some of our money exchanged
Well, that is all the news I have for now.
Hitou jian! ("I'll see you later" in Chinese.)