05.07.2010 35 °C
We finally went to school today at Changzhou No.1 Middle School Driving through these streets are definitely insane - if we're driving on one side of the road, everyone else is also driving on that side.. but coming the opposite way. What? Definitely never driving in China. Finally got to the school and met up with the other 13 AFsers :] We were handed a cell phone and told it was loaded with 200 RMB but that it's unlimited in the Jiangsu province. So I guess all of us AFS kids will be calling each other and talking! :D International and outside the province is obviously more expensive but we'll see.
We began with a welcome orientation, tour around the school, and received these Changzhou badges/pins. Cool! Then we had lunch, in a small private room excluded from the rest of the kids attending the middle school. Venturing off to the restroom during lunch was no small feat. Miranda and JulieAnn [from Vermont and Philadelphia, respectively] went to the ... "toilets" and they tried to say that they were with me because everyone was staring at us :] Every person turned and stared because obviously Caucasian people and people of different races aren't exactly the norm! The restrooms had doors up to our hips and squatty holes with no toilet paper. My favorite. :D
We're going to be heading back to the classroom soon to have a culture class. Sports tomorrow!
Im sweating like crazy ): It's very unbearable, and even though I'm used to the hot weather, I guess it's a mixture of humidty and clothing choice. We would be wearing bikinis and micro mini shorts if we were in Cali :D Last night, they encouraged me to take another shower even though my hair was still wet from the first one. I talked to the older sister on the phone, and she apologized for her absence [because of the exams]. I think I will give them the presents when she comes back? Also: host dad m.i.a. He never came back from work ? :\ We had egg fried rice this morning and warm milk in cartons. Interesting...
Had a rough night. Sleeping on this wooden woven pad on top of the rock hard bed and my back hurts.. but maybe it'll get stronger! Haha. I don't know. Maybe we're supposed to take it off when we sleep? But then I felt underneath the wooden pad thing and it's equally hard so I'm confused about that. Still confused as to who my parents are... names are also questionable. 14 year old speaks very softly but she's my only connection to the family. She refers to the only other person in the house as her aunt so I'm not sure if she's my host mom or not... someone clarify! Anyways. Going to play omgpop on the computers..
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