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Asia » China » Shandong » Ji'Nan October 9th 2012

Awake and up and functioning at 7am, a little bit more apartment fiddling and I decided to tackle my Telstra mobile phone which is locked out to any other SIM despite it working before with another SIM. Rang the Telstra support number they sent me and 8 people later, three phone calls, no one that seemed to understand me or speak my language, I gave up. A cup of tea helped, milk comes in little 230mls bags, one was kindly left in the fridge for me, you can easily buy them in most little stores in any little shop. Porridge for breakfast, Australia oats! Again from the left over stash of food, no more milk no laundry detergent so a walk to the supermarket is in order. Let me fire up the laptop I think and ... read more
No load too small for a bike
Brave policeman
Cars in bike lanes, no problem!

Asia » China » Shandong » Ji'Nan October 8th 2012

Here is a look at my apartment, I've moved things around a little and made it more liveable for me. 5 rooms, feel quite indulged liviing here when i know that 6 students squeeze into a room and a family of five would live here.... read more
Foreign Experts Building
The balcony
Laundry day

Asia » China » Shandong » Ji'Nan October 8th 2012

It’s Friday still…… Arrival in Jinan was smooth, passport and luggage and minimal hassle especially since it was near the end of the 8 day holiday period. Hershell was there to meet me, I had no idea what he looked like, I was easy to spot, the only Westerner on the flight. He is my only contact, he works in the International Department of Qilo University and will also be my translator for some of my classes. Jinan is smoggy, typical Chinese city off the tourist maps. Industrial, chaotic roads, tree lined, high rise dwelling, functional but not pretty. Quite odd to see lots of BMW and Mercedes, a sign of the new wealth in China. We drove to the old campus, lots of ducking and weaving in and out of lanes, straddling 2 ... read more
2nd dish
my host Hersell
Gangbei

Asia » China » Shandong » Ji'Nan August 23rd 2012

Jinan, die Stadt der Quellen Mit schwerem Herzen habe ich mich von meinen Kollegen in Qingtao verabschiedet und mache mich auf den Weg in die regionale Hauptstadt. Die Taxifahrerin hatte entweder Mitleid mit mir und meinem riesigen Gepck oder sie wollte sich die lukrative Fahrt zum Bahnhof nicht entgehen lassen. Kurzerhand hat sie mich ins Taxi verfrachtet, ist in die Garage gefahren, dort hat ihr Wagen einen Oelfilterwechsel innert 20 Min erhalten und los ging die Fahrt zum Bahnhof. Hat man das System der Bahnhöfe mal verstanden ist es sehr einfach: es gibt verschiedene Wartezonen denen die Züge zugeordnet sind, wie auf dem Flughafen. Der richtige Warteraum wird auf einer grossen Tafel neben den Zugsinformationen angezeigt. Wie auch beim Flug werden die Passagiere aufgefordert das Perron zu betreten. Meine Tickets habe ich in einem Reisebuero gekauft ... read more
Wartebereich am Bahnhof
Gartenanlage
Gartenanlage 1

Asia » China » Shandong » Ji'Nan July 19th 2012

Hi All, So with there being no direct train from Qingdao to Changsha I had a six hour wait in Ji'nan, for my nineteen hour train trip to Changsha, so I went in search of the mosque in the muslim quarter. I found it quite easily and I was allowed to go into the prayer hall, unfortunately no photos as men were coming in to pray, it was really beautiful. Full of columns and arabic writing on the walls, beams and ceilings. Enjoy the photos Jah Bless... read more
Mosque
Mosque
Mosque

Asia » China » Shandong » Ji'Nan November 29th 2011

November 24th, 2011 Happy Thanksgiving! I didn’t even realize it was Thanksgiving until I was on the Chinese Amazon and read, “Want it shipped by November 28th?” Then I thought wait a sec, what day is today? I am a very bad American. When I remembered I felt a little twinge of homesickness, and then I remembered Thanksgiving is about getting together with your extended family and suddenly I was cured! No, I do miss my family. And of course my mind continued to think of all the food I was missing. Although Jinan has some of the best comfort foods, you can’t have Thanksgiving without turkey! I didn’t know turkey was strictly an American animal, so that’s why here turkey is a rare find and very expensive. A girl told me that at Oscar bar, ... read more

Asia » China » Shandong » Ji'Nan November 22nd 2011

Reminiscing China (Only 5 Weeks In) Today is my 5 week anniversary of living in China. I feel like I’m in a still-new relationship with China where I take note and commensurate each little thing. (Also at the point where I notice China’s slight imperfections but still brush them off.) Therefore there is no way I have been here long enough to talk about “the good ol’ days” and my montage of me and China would mostly be the insignificant or horrible times like me stepping in spit or having pee on the leg of my jeans (which whenever this happens, I so want to quote Scott Pilgrim and say to someone, “If I pee on myself will you pretend it’s from the rain?” but I would be very disappointed if the ... read more

Asia » China » Shandong » Ji'Nan November 17th 2011

I’m finally moved! I can no longer complain about my living conditions as they are better than they would be in the states. I live in a very nice apartment. I will upload the video soon, and soon as in probably in a few months. Of course there is major water damage on the walls that the landlord is fixing by painting over it but… damn it looks nice! I have been hardcore cleaning and decorating. I have the coolest ledge and window area that already has a leopard rug, pictures and magnets, and a few pillows. I am buying a pillow at a time so I can carry them home and soon I will have the comfiest reading area in all of Jinan. It’s pretty silly; me caring about and carrying these pillows home like ... read more

Asia » China » Shandong » Ji'Nan November 12th 2011

November 11, 2011 Happy Single’s Day! Today is November 11th, or 11-11, hence Single’s Day. It’s even a bigger deal this year because it is 11-11-11 (I don’t really know that, I totally just made that up.) It is a pretty frickin’ awesome holiday, basically the total opposite of Valentine’s Day. Here you celebrate your singleness instead of wallow in your nonexistent love life. Like a good student I read up on this before the topic came up at school. Apparently at 11:11 pm all single men bang on their food bowls and scream for their desire for a girlfriend. I fell asleep (Thank God) before I got a chance to try to hear if this is true. Today Vivian passed out candy to all the single people and we joked what single people should be ... read more

Asia » China » Shandong » Ji'Nan November 11th 2011

November 10, 2011 I was so sick last night that I decided there was no way I could go to work. (I was burning up while also freezing, which I think is the worst!) I had no idea how to go about “calling in” since our school to put it nicely is not very together and organized. So I just texted everyone “I’m staying home.” Actually it was slightly more professional than that, but that’s all I wanted to text. Then of course comes the “oh is there anything we can do?” I wanted to say, “Yes, you could have gotten me medicine and told me to go home two days ago!” But it is mostly my fault; I should have put my foot down sooner. So as soon as the shops awakened I went to ... read more




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