The first few weeks - Putting cross-cultural adaptation theory in to practice!
08.03.2009 - 20.03.2009 23 °C
Since I arrived, China has been getting smaller. Not literally of course, but the well-peddled image of a behemoth with scary ways of life acts like a barrier that you can only really break down by coming here. Because in lush green Lishui, a small city by Chinese standards of a mere 250,000 people, locals scarcely know or care about things like Tibet, organ dealers, the death penalty and the rest. More down to earth than downtrodden, in fact.
Our huge apartment is a palace with a view fit for a king, above (as seen from the kitchen). It's easily two to three times the size of our old flat in Rathmines, and we've now flipped from having too many things in too small a space to having too many potential spots to place rather fewer possessions. But it's a pleasant problem to have, and the top floor pad is feeling more like home every day.
The city, too, has been becoming ours gradually. Here I have to credit Megan's well advanced spoken Mandarin, because I'm sure I would not be too far past McDonalds without her. As it is, we've dined out in all sorts of places, the street food being the stand out highlight of the bunch. More about that another time.
We've been exploring the streets shopping, sight seeing and even working on an original translation of the map. And laughing at the stares we get from locals in shock and awe at the Westerners - did I mention there's a total of seven in Lishui, ourselves included? No better way to get immersed in a culture.
So speaking of immersion, and now that we've been duly introduced, please check out the photos herewithin dear readers, and I'll be back with more in a few days. Zai jian