Chillaxing: Shanghai, China
Feeling Fine: chipper
Memory Flashback: Club Called Heaven
Every time I open this, something wants to be posted. Like, "THIS IS !!!" and then I never find out because I don't want my post to be fucked up or anything.
So, after arriving after the 15 hour flight of death. No. Srsly. Worst flight ever. Though I do give props to the pilots- that was the softest landing I've ever had. Amazing. And people actually exited the plane really fast. That was great too. Except I nearly got lost in the airport. I apparently needed to go through Korean customs before wandering to the next gate. Fascinating. On the plane they fed me so much food it was crazy. and not just an appetizer, they fed me the whole meal deal. There was a main dish (steak, potatoes, greenbeans/carrots), a salad, cake, a bun, and another salad. PLUS Tea, water, and a coke. Thanks guys, I never knew it was so important to eat so much. Asiana Airline, eat your way to Asia. That was the first dish, three hours later it was a pizza thing, three hours after that we got another 3 course meal. It was amazing. Then I landed in Korea. Which is beautiful- pictures barely do it justice. I didn't take any because they probably wouldn't turn out well and can never capture what I see.
Then it was time to take off to Shanghai. From Korea it is only 1 1/2 hours. Best. Flight. Ever. I remember from Japan to Shanghai it's about 3 hours (after 10 from Seattle) and 15 from LA to Korea. Omg. I wanted to get it done and over with really fast. I played some video games, was fed a 3 course meal again (this time seafood.../: ew) and was chilling. After that we landed (a little bumpy) and I followed everyone to Customs, where thank goodness I got there when I did, the line was HUGE. I don't know why, but I always feel as though they Chinese are going to reject me. Silly, but I feel like they could be having a bad day, or something, and be like, "Lol sorry no". Granted, this isn't just the Chinese I feel like this about. It's actually every boarder official. Like, wtf is this American traveling alone. /:< Hmmm, very suspicious.
Really hope they don't find out I have a degree in politics. /: I don't know if that would go down very well.
But moving on. They had me look into a screen where my face was and stare at it. I don't know what this did for them, maybe to prove that I did come in on that day? I guess I'll find out later. Then I was off to find my baggage, which I snatched off the revolving baggage giver without cutting my hand open again. Wheeling them to the other customs gate, I found my driver and we were off to home.
Now, Shanghai is a huge city. Like London, you can live an hour outside of the main part and still be in London. And in Chinese cars- you don't have seatbelts. FINALLY FREE FROM SEATBELTS!!!! I know they save your life and blah blah, but for once I didn't need one. Haha! I also fell asleep here (on the plane I slept maybe 4 hours) until we were near Juhihni town. Waking up I saw my aunt waiting in the entrance way ( the compound has gates guarded day and night) and we rolled everything in. I arrived at 10:35 pm on Wednesday, where as I left at 4am in the morning on Tuesday.
When I arrived and settled a little, my aunt informed me that I had a sub offer in the library for tomorrow and that I would need to get up at 6:30 am to take the bus. Well, they always say that you should jump right in, so it was cool with me.
I slept through the night and forced my self to lay in bed until 6:20am. I changed and was ready to go to work. We took the bus (the school has teacher buses and student buses) and I was introduced to a million different people. I'm going to have to learn names fast. I was then brought to my Aunts office. She is the vice principle. Lol. On the first day of work I was already causing trouble. Not really, then I was taken to the library where I learned to check in books, file paper work, shelve books, and do math. Being a part of the Scholastic books the library now puts on the book fair and have students hand out the scholastic book order forms. Who remembers those? I was always so excited, I wanted all the horse book, all the hobbit books, all the fairy tales and legends- anything fantastical. It was always a compitition of who got the most books. It was usually me because my mom could earn points. See, my mom got in a fight with all the other parents in the PTSA so every time they had a fund raiser, she'd beat them. Now we see where I get it, alright. And she also got them for my dad, who could easily read a library in 3 work years.
So I had to manage which book the library could and could not get. Unfortunately this became a two day project. And I eventually had to tell the head librarian (which parents think I am...and it reminds me of the postsecret secret "I dress to fulfill someone's hot librarian fantasy") that she would have to *cries* cut some books out.
But I shelved some books and found some that I will want to read after I finish those blasted (I'm enjoying them, really) The Dark is Rising Sequence. Which I'll get to in another post.
Then I went to lunch with my Aunt. Omg. The kindergarten kids have their plates measured out and laid down for them. It is so cute. The elementary kids have a separate section from the Middle and High school kids. Here there are more adult foods (but I totally wanted some chicken nuggets) but it is indeed a cafiteria. I haven't been in one of those forever. I suddenly felt the urge to find my table and establish it. But instead I had to get my food and eat because my lunch is only 30 minutes. Once again I met a ton of people, and even now they blurr together. There are some Austrailians, I think I heard a Brit, and Americans, as well as Chinese, Japanese, and Taiwanese. But the accents caught my ear. I smiled.
Then we took the bus home after work. I think her office is trying to fatten me up. This is the opposite of what I was going for, ladies. Then getting home we changed into excersise clothing and my aunt took me to the Club House. WTF? These kids get a club house? where's mine? Here they have everything. Spa, hair salon, nails, gym, indoor outdoor pool, basket ball, tennis, football, rugby, a jungle gym! D: *makes grabby hands* I really want to go swimming, but I don't know what eye my contacts go into. Lol. I also only have a 3 months supply. hahah. At school I usually wear my glasses- you know, when I was taking my picture for my visa they asked me if they were prescription. Damn you people who wear glasses because you think it's the shit and makes you look smarter. It really bothers me, for some reason. Like you can just decide, "oh today I don't really have bad eyes sight, when I wake up in the morning, I can see just fine" Just once I'd like to know that feeling. I mean, I shouldn't complain completely because I just have bad eyes sight, I'm not blind, but still. /:< ! I'm not amused. I have to put my glasses on or put in my contacts to function. Then I have to take them off or out.
Do you know how hard it is to have sex with glasses on? You stab people with them. In the face. And contacts! you've got to take them out.
Right. Back onto China.This post is quite long. But I don't have class today. But anyways, we work out in the gym and I watch everything going on. We then go home and have dinner and I get a call that I'm needed again but in the art room.
So ends day one of the journey