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Published: September 13th 2010
outside our apartment
So if there is anything I hate in China it is the damn mosquitoes that NEVER GO AWAY. There are nights that I literally don't sleep because of the biting and the itching and the buzzing in my ear. I have taken up being a mosquito hunter by day, trying to creep up on them as they rest on my walls. But those suckers are fast! They're smart. Probably from sucking the blood of their fellow smart country dwellers, the Chinese. The first two days I was here, I had 17 bites just on my arms alone. Now, I can't even count. And yes, we got bug spray and mosquito zappers, but nothing seems to ease the situation for long. Because of this reason alone, I cannot wait for it to get cold here. The nights have gotten a bit cooler, but not cool enough. For now, all I can do is continue my hunting in daylight and hope I get them all before dark.
I've realized that I have taken this idea of being a resident too literal. I have not explored Benxi nearly as much as I should! Therefore, we should be going to the water caves this
are all these
weekend and maybe the zoo sometime soon. Everyone says it's a legit zoo and I'm curious. In October, we get a whole week off and plan on making a trip to Beijing to see dun dun dun - the Great Wall. Until then, I have taken up taking photos of flowers because they remind me of my sister, the flower doctor. So Julie, these pics are for you.
Oh yeah, and one day, I was feeling adventurous so I suggested we go somewhere we hadn't been before. Of course it would be my idea, right? So we walk into this restaurant which apparently was Sezchuan style. We picked stuff from a menu without the slightest idea of what we were getting since everything was in Chinese. We ended up with what we think was beef and lamb (though originally, we thought we were getting bacon), eggs, cabbage, and noodles. We threw everything into a boiling pot to cook and were less than satisfied to say the least. That's what happens when you just...go for it.
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