Back to Uni
Trip Start Jan 07, 2008
18Trip End Jun 30, 2012
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Where I stayed
Yun Tu Hotel
Kunming is a really modern city with lots of shopping malls and high rise apartments blocks although thankfully it is still not hard to find interesting stuff like markets, temples and street food. It is also really cheap to live here if you want it to be unlike Beijing and Shanghai (so I've heard anyway). Kunming is at 1890 metres above sea level so the weather is quite mild most of the year round apparently, although it was freezing when I got here a few weeks ago and it actually snowed one night! It has warmed up nicely now and the weather is similar to spring in Perth
I have been at Uni for 2 weeks now and the course is really full on but I am really enjoying it. I already have over 200 words to learn and the teachers speak a lot of Chinese in the class so it is quite easy to get completely lost. I am also learning to write which is a big job. Apparently you have to know about 3000 characters to be able to read the newspaper! The guys in my class are really good too and we have been hanging out a fair bit. Just in my class there people from Israel, the US, the UK, France, Germany, Japan. Korea and Thailand
I have rented an apartment which is really close to the Uni and lots of shops and restaurants. I am paying about $190 Aus a month for 1 and a half bedrooms with a tiny kitchenette and a small bathroom/toilet where you pretty much shower over the toilet
I have been hanging out with the guy who owns my apartment lately and his friends. He teaches English and has been inviting me out a lot. The other night we went to one of the many Karaoke TV bars here and had a great night out. I wasn't keen on singing at first but it sort of sucks you in. People seem to have no inhibitions about it here and the good and bad singers just blast away at full volume.
Other than that the big news that most of you will know is that the Socceroos are coming to town to play China. I have met a group of Aussie girls at Uni and we are all going which I am really looking forward to so watch out for a large white bald head in the crowd.
Anyway I am here until at least July so if you want to plan a trip to China you are welcome to come and stay at my place. I have just got the internment connected at my apartment so I will be checking my emails regularly.