Wednesday, September 30, 2009

we are allowed to get sick from now on

my first time at a chinese hospital. I survived.
interesting experience, which unfortunately had to be made since my stomach gave up on me yesterday.
I decided against going into an international hospital simply because it would have costed me a fortune. everybody told me to prepare 1000 kuai (100 euro) in advance. and it was a good decision to go to a chinese hospital.
huge hospital, little yue. felt really lost after going in, so I went directly to the information counter. "Ni hui shuo yingyu ma?" (do you speak english?) of course the answer was no, but well. a month here and we already know all important words about stomach problems. yay for poor us!
anyway, not understanding much where to go and what to do I made my puppy look and the girl took on the quest of helping me around. first to one counter to make a card, then to the other to get send to a doc, then the actual doc.
hilarious.
the patient before me had to play the interpreter. nice girl too. after some broken chinese on my part and broken english on her part the doctor send me to take a blood sample and some urine sample. I was afraid I will have to come again in a few days to get the results, but well, in this aspect china just rocks compared to germany. 30 minutes later and voilà I had my results and we were on the way to the doc again, who prescribed me some medicine.
a lot of thanks to the girl who were running with me through the whole hospital (a lot of staring from other patients who have to do the running on their own) and to the doctor and the girl, who helped translating.
for everything I paid altogether ~170 kuai (17 euro) and now I know I am allowed to get sick and I will get super treatment without being a chinese (maybe even better treatment because I am not chinese) and without going to a fancy international hospital.

though I still don't know what my problem is since nobody bothered to tell me.
after googling the medicine I assume it is either an infection because of something I have eaten or mild form of cystitis or both. probably both. but well, at least the medicine seems to be used for treating both cases.

Tuesday, September 29, 2009

a kingdom for some western food!

oh stomach-ache, oh china!

Saturday, September 26, 2009

pictureless

a long long week with so many things happening and me being way to lazy to blog about it.
this post will have no pictures (yes boo at me), but I already uploaded the best pictures on studivz.net

Chengde and The Great Wall:
the trip to chengde was awesome! first we went to climb the great wall and I have to say that it really is Great. and tiresome.
well, chengde itself is not so interesting, the town looks really poor and deserted. to tell the truth, we were prepared for everything, even took toilet paper with us. but the hotel was really nice, even better than some of our apartments so we thought we don't want to go back to beijing!
the next day we went to see some temples and the summer palace. beautiful places, though very tiresome sometimes. to many stairs there!
and on sunday we went to see the "cockrock". well, it's a mountain which looks kinda like a morning wood haha, but well, don't know it's proper name...

well, the week afterwards was less exciting at first. got a try on an old hsk test and lost all our hope of ever passing it. ever.

and got to know richard-sshi haha. oh why oh why do you have a girlfriend?...have to work on this one haha
anyway, went to karaoke again yesterday and spend the whole night in a cafe talking. interesting to talk to a korean who lived here for so long. kudos to him for enduring 4 drunk girls a whole night. and people, soju is a scary thing! me became to open and to direct. well, nothing to loose anyway.
and why are so many asian so good at karaoke? it was so embarrassing to sing in front of him since he is so damn good.

oh, and I had my had cut. the hairstylist was korean so my friend could translate for me. am super happy, the cut really looks asian, so different from german style and yet it is similar to the one I had before. only much better. love it. and the way he was cutting my hair was also pretty different. my first time a hairstylist didn't scratch my ears with the hairbrush.

Wednesday, September 16, 2009

then it comes to smogginess, today was the worst so far.
we had blue sky the whole week but today it suddenly turned grey. you could look at the sun without covering your eyes.
and to end the "perfect" day, me and Vali decided it was time to try the Durian fruit. you know this horrible smell you sometimes smell at the asian supermarkets? I am glad we decided to eat it on the street and not take to our apartment. this smell is on my cloths, in my nose, I still have the taste in my mouth. and yes, it tastes as bad as it smells. NEVER AGAIN!
one of the ickiest fruits ever.

Saturday, September 12, 2009

chinese airforce at the summer palace

first a few more pictures of the Beijing opera excusrion, since Jenny's cam made better pictures

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on this street was the first time I got a feeling of really being in china.

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now about yesterday!
Mr. Rugby said they won the match!!! khm, ok, not this..

Yesterday we went to the Summer Palace since it is near our university and is supposed to be a good tourists spot. and it really is!
the place is piaoliang (漂亮 beautiful), but the best thing is....
YOU CAN RENT A BOAT!
so this is what we did! and it was really fun, especially the first half of an hour where our friends were pedaling hard hehe...the second half I had to pedal myself, less fun there..but still a really nice ride.
I think I don't need to comment on the pictures since they pretty much

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and on the way back home Jenny was attacked by chinese airforce:
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we counted about 30 wounds she carried..
I wasn't bitten even once hehe..I am happy my friends are more delicious


and to end this post some recently discovered chinglish on our bus
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Friday, September 11, 2009

So many things happened and I totally had no time to blog about it and yeah, we had a small problem with not being able to go online for a few days already. internet suddenly turned off here..
well, once without internet one realizes how much free time there is. we spend the days sleeping and cooking. a few more days without internet and we would have started learning -.-#
a bunch of nerdy looking loud chinese guys just came and fixed it...YAAAY!

yesterday we managed to flood our living room. you don't even want to know how..
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ok, now about the last week.

I've met up with my language partner, who is a super nice guy and really wants to help me with chinese. we went to Tian'an men and I finnaly could see this famous Mao poster...Tian'an men is huge, like really HUGE! and very..how do I put it...communistic!
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well, the next day we went to see the new national theater.
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it is also huge (everything in beijing seems to be huge, srly) and very modern and just simply amazing. afterwards we've seen some Hutongs (less fascinating I have to admit) and Laoshe's house:
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Went to some chinese bars and a club. very nice indeed, even though pretty small..well, met Mr. Rugby there, can't complain.though he keeps calling me, I hate talking to chinese on the phone...not understanding nada.

The most beautiful thing so far was the Beijing Oper!
It is very loud, you don't understand much and it gets a bit boring a few times, but the costumes and make up a really worth watching it. especially the second part with acrobatics impressed us all. definitely a must for every tourist.
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got a cold these days and had to buy some chinese medicine agains coughs.good thing, they should sell it in germany too.

Thursday, September 3, 2009

japanese food, transporting trees and sleeping men on the bus..everyday something new

Vali's mom came for a day to beijing because of work and we had a nice japanese dinner. since I wasn't feeling all that well, I could only eat some soba, but got better after like 7 cups of green tee..
this is what the others had:
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afterwards we've seen something interesting on the way back home
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yesterday a sleeping man almost fell on my shoulder on the bus...I am glad he woke up or else I wouldn't know what to do
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they make pictures of us, we make pictures of them...keeping it fair here!

some pictures of the beautiful campus we have
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actually the place with the bamboos is some meeting room for the V.I.Ps, even Clinton has been there. it is usually closed and no one is allowed in, especially students, but the guard was too eager to speak some english with us and let us have a look....such a cutie, trying to play a guide and explaining us what this building is for. being a foreigner and looking different sometimes has it's advantages.

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Tuesday, September 1, 2009

random people on the street saying "I luv U"....nice!

dinner, karaoke and a lot of soju...

Yesterday we had our welcoming dinner. I think the picture will speak for itself:
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I have to say, our university is pretty fancy:
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afterwards we decided to go drink soju and sing some songs. Karaoke here is a lot cheaper than in germany and the place looked really nice. Singing songs in all different languages is so much fun too, especially korean pop rocks a lot after a few bottles of soju.
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our korean friend is fun when she is drunk, suddenly she starts speaking only korean, but we kinda understood everything. weird.
and being more dead than alive we had to go to class today...-.-#