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Day 8

Ugh, classes are around the corner...

May 20, 2009

The train was delayed for 20 minutes, then during those 20 minutes it was delayed for 40 minutes. We finally boarded for a 6 hour train ride to Zhengzhou on hard seats. They're not that hard, but they're the lowest class of seats because it was the only compartment that could fit 49 people. The only downside was that there was no comfortable position to sleep in. I was trying to do my work but the train car was so noisy. I wasn't in the best of moods and all of us were pretty crowded in.

When we arrived at Zhengzhou, we ate at McDonalds. The vanilla ice cream tasted like a hint of coffee ice cream. The Micky D here and in the States taste a little different from what i hear on other parts of the menu. I just had a small fry and ice cream. They had melon ice cream (gotta cater to the country, ya know?).

We finally arrived at the International Student Dorm which is actually a hotel on campus a little after 2 in the morning. We were all so tired. Christa and I's room had a light in the bathroom that wasn't working, so we had to shower in the dark. I swear the first thing I thought when I stepped into the bathroom was "Silent Hill". That's never a good sign. The bathroom had a sink/counter, a toilet, and the rest was a floor with a drain with a detatchable shower head. No tub, no shower stall. You stand to the side and take a shower. The bedroom area is hotel-like (well, it IS a hotel...). The building is the place where visitors stay when they're visiting students on campus. The beds are the hardest ones we've come across so far. I actually had sore spots on my hip bones; that's how hard they are. I got used to them, in retrospect. I wonder how i'll react to my soft bed at home..haha. The comforter was wrapped in a thin sheet, so I separated the two knowing I get hot easily if too many sheets are on me. Yeah...old urine stains and, prepare yourself....

old blood stains.

Yes, the difference in American and Chinese standards of cleanliness has made itself blaringly apparent.

Posted by CelLung 16:44 Archived in China

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