Beijing life is busy, with school, work, social meetings, church, and more I give myself time to still explore and take advantage of my few time left here. I went to eat Yunnan food with some friends, it was a special occasion since we were celebrating a friend’s birthday. She picked the restaurant and could have not chosen better than this.
brown sticky rice
This last month of June has been the busiest of them all. I was tutoring Spanish and English on my ‘spare’ time. In China, teaching a foreign language is well paid, specially if you are a native speaker. There is always a school hiring or parents who want their children to improve their language skills. For me tutoring Spanish was better, not only because is my first language but the pay rate is higher. So I began looking for students. As soon as I placed an add online emails started filling my inbox. Unfortunately I could not commit to everyone. Getting around in Beijing is not that easy, sometimes it takes up a long time to get somewhere particularly during rush hour. Traffic is one of the biggest problems in Beijing and the #1 reason I’m always running late! The subway might be faster but everything depends on the location you are heading to. It could take an hour to get there then an hour back.
I saved the money from teaching to do some traveling during the summer, and after my bicycle was stolen I decided to upgrade to a scooter!
I went to the Bird’s Nest for the first time, and it was to see Wang LeeHom 王力宏. For the ones who do not know who he is, Wang LeeHom is a FAMOUS pop singer in Asia. He was actually the first pop artist to sing at the Bird’s Nest, which was designed for use throughout the 2008 Olympics. The National Stadium has a capacity to fit 80,000+ people and it was packed!
This post is not about any place in particular but about my life in China. You would never know what this country is like – even if you read about it, see videos and photos – until you see it live. Previous to my departure I read about China and its culture, watched numerous videos, read blogs, and talked to friends that have lived here before. But it was not until I moved to Beijing that I experience the REAL China. I have yet to experience a real ‘cultural exchange’ living with a host Chinese family. At the moment I stay at the school dorms, but I am really hoping to have this experience once.
It takes time to get used to a new place. This isn’t my first abroad experience but it is definitely the hardest one to adapt to. With only two months and a half of moving to Beijing, I’ve seen a lot that I like and much more that I just can’t do anything about it. It is definitely a whole different world!
Some of the biggest things that I’ve had a hard time to adapt to have been: Continue Reading