Jan 28, 2012
What's with these early mornings? How do people get used to this. Had to be at our mandarin lesson for 9am, how they expect anyone to remember anything at that time in the morning I don’t know! If you’re wondering what mamahuhu means, it means so-so. This is the only thing I remember from a 3 hour class. I can also say I am spicy, but I’m not sure if I can use this in public. After mandarin we went for lunch at the cafeteria again. This time I had rice and beansprouts with bits of egg, chicken and pork in. Weird combination but it was so nice. I will defiantly be having more of that. After lunch we had calligraphy class. Who knew drawing a few lines would be so hard! By the end of the lesson we could write "hello China". It looks pretty good, I think. Let’s just say you can be the judge of that. After calligraphy class finished Mr Nurrish decided to knock the ink off the table with his bum. I’m so glad that it wasn’t me. We did leave it for the cleaner after we made it worse. I’m sure she didn’t mind. When we had finished painting the floor we decided since I had split my jeans the other day we would take a trip to the silk market. This is where all the fake clothing is but unfortunately you do need good haggling skills and need to know how much you are willing to spend before you get into the market. I sucked at this. I bought a pair of Armani jeans and a pair of Diesel jeans. Fake obviously. In a market as soon as they see that you are a westerner they but the price way up and you are only supposed to pay 10% of what they charge you first. We completely forgot about this until we walked away from the stall. We were first charged 1250Kuai and got it down until 300Kuai. We could have got it down to 125Kuai but my haggling skills are not what they used to be. It’s quite scary walking down the market street as everyone sees you and want you to buy something from them so they all try and grab you. We lasted no more than 20minuets in the silk market before heading back home. We met a Russian lady called Nina on the subway. It was a bit weird, she took my phone and put her number in to it and said she would call us to go out for dinner. Honestly I think I will ignore that call as I don’t feel like being sold anytime soon. On our way back from the subway we stopped in a bakery where we bought bread. English tasting bread. It was amazing. Everything is very sweet over here so all we wanted was proper bread and we got it! I’m so happy right now. Back at our apartment now for an early night ready for a long day of exploring tomorrow. Night all.