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Published: August 22nd 2008
Packing for a year in China is not an easy matter. I've spent a good part of the day going through my cloths trying to decide what to take, what to leave behind for when I come back, and what to give to goodwill. So much of my wardrobe looks like stuff the a teenager would wear, even though I left my teens behind a little over three years ago. I'm used to a very casual work environment, really. At the library I could show up in my jeans and my "this is what a feminist looks like" t-shirt, and the candle store is even less formal than that. I'm not big on cloths shopping, but I really need to get some new stuff. I'm not thin enough to be able to just buy new cloths in China, for the most part. I also need to buy some cloths for truly hot weather. I'm so used to living in Maine where we only have a couple of really hot days each year... and surely someone from Florida or Arizona or WUHAN would laugh at my definition of "really hot".
Oh well! Five days and 45 minutes to go before I board the plane, and I'm excited. I bought some grammar reference books today, and a Chinese/English dictionary. One of the grammar reference books is called "The Deluxe Transitive Vampire: A Handbook of Grammar for the Innocent, the Eager and the Doomed". How awesome is that? The other one is nice and normal, though.
I seem to be doing a decent job of using the Rosetta Stone computer program to learn Chinese, but I'm not sure how my Chinese will be outside of the computer program. I think that I can say at least a few basic things, but what I don't know is overwhelming
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