Had our relocation agent take us out on Saturday for a city
There is massive, massive temptation here to just squirrel yourself away and stick to all the Western areas, activities, etc…. simply because it’s just easier. I can’t even describe how tough it is simply to have a conversation with a random local. My head hurts at the end of each day from the sheer amount of concentration and effort needed – for something as simple as just having a conversation with someone.
My resolution though is that by the end of this year, I’ll be ‘just like a local’ – to be fully accustomed (ie. don’t swear like crazy and hate ’em) to the local customs and shoving, to be well-acquainted with my surroundings and now where all the “Best (whatever)” are, and most of all, to be fluent in Chinese. I may very well just fall flat on my face and have a breakdown and insist we pack our bags and leave, but at least I’d have tried 😉
Wish me luck!
The amazing City Shop, the expat-friendly supermarket
They even have POP TARTS!!!!!!! *squee*
Huge Japanese supermarket
Going past Jingan Temple
A whole street selling antiques and nick nacks
A live (!) cricket for sale at the Pet Market
A pot of lovely chrysanthemum tea