The internet here is beyond slow…on the computer and phone…SO I’m going to see if I can get my own connection today. I would like to upload all the pictures I’ve taken so far and review the hotel I stayed at and my first class flight.
I met a few of my coworkers yesterday. Real nice Indian man from South Africa that will be taking me around town today and showing me the ropes. He’s been giving me tips on teaching and how to control the students. He’s a God send!
I also received my first photo op yesterday. I wouldn’t have done it if it wasn’t for my coworker. So now my photo is floating around in Chinese airspace somewhere like I’m a celebrity. I told someone I was going to wear sunglasses everywhere I go and they told me that would just make it worse…so there goes that idea. I’m going to try it anyway so I can be Ray Charles to the bullshit.
My body clock is still off. I woke up at 2:30am today and been up ever since. It’s now a little after 6:30am. SO glad my coworker is an early bird. I’ll get dressed around 8am and meet him at 9am.
Made it into Beijing yesterday around 3pm. First class was VERY nice and the only way I could fly 12 hours. Having a lie flat bed is a big help as I was well rested and not tired when I arrived.
This time change is going to be the death of me. I fought hard to stay up until 9pm but couldn’t make it. I went to sleep at 8:30 and woke back up at midnight. Decided I’d write something so folks don’t think I didn’t make it.
I’m currently at the Langham Hotel in Beijing for the night. Then I’ll wake up and do it all over again tomorrow to get to Mianyang. I SO overpacked…it was a struggle getting my luggage to the luggage storage area, but I made it! I’m wondering if I can check two bags and go back for the other two later. I’ll figure it out…it’s what I do best.
The hotel I’m staying in is VERY nice. I’ll have to review my flight and hotel when I get settled.
I got pushed on the train and some man I think was trying to scam me to get in his taxi. The airport has designated taxi booths and this man was just standing around in the airport. I read to be weary of the taxi drivers out here as they scam folks.
Just looking at these Chinese letters make me cry but I’ll manage I hope.
Beijing seems like a coo city to live in…it doesn’t look polluted to me…I don’t know if those are lies or what…looks like a normal, major city to me.