02.28.2013 - 03.01.2013
These past few days have been calmer then usual compared to the usual hussle bussle of school life. Thursday was fairly uneventful. Although i did get my hair cut! which was an adventure of its own. I had mentioned to my 奶奶 (grandma) that I had wanted a hair cut. So Thursday after dinner me and Ma Ri and grandma went to the salon. Ha, funny. Salon... It was probably a shop no bigger then 15x 15 feet. I mean tiny. there was one stylist and girl who looked about 12. The hair dresser was finishing up with a man and there was another woman waiting and i kept hearing whispers of 外国人 (foreigner). Finally the guy just up and said "你是因国人吧？＂ You are British aren't you？haha no not quite, although closer then most. Usually I get asked if I'm french. I politely told him no i am an american in which he immediately asked how much i weighed. I told him i didn't know how to convert it into kilograms plus in america it is considered very rude to ask a woman how much she weighs. Then my 奶奶 stepped in and I stopped listening to the conversation. Every so often she would ask 对吧凯西？( isn't that right Kacey?) and I would just nod and say 对奶奶 ( yes grandma). After ma ri got her bangs trimmed it was my turn. Ill admit i was a little worried about the cleanliness factor of the salon, as there were piles of hair on the floor and dirty brushes and the sink they washed my hair in was rusty. Thank God I didn't have wifi or i would've spent My time waiting web Md-ing diseases you could contract through your scalp. It was like any other hair cut though. The lady knew what she was doing and she took her time so by the time my hair was washed cut and straightened (for the first time in over a month!!!) there were 3 women waiting and the 12 year old was busy giving the lady next to me a perm. Approximately $3.21 later.My 奶奶 told me later that the lady who cut my hair is the best in the neighborhood and that the small shops are incredibly more cheaper then the big shops. Doesn't change the fact it was pretty dirty and my head itches today. That's ok MaRi seems fine and the mosquitos are out so I've probably just been bit. Oh joy malaria.
Friday was our field trip day!! I got to Skype with my family which was really nice as I hadn't gotten to actually see my dad or my nieces yet. Here's a family photo
Our field trip was scheduled for zheng hua men and Confucius temple. I was told that Zheng hua men is the biggest inner city wall in the whole world.*skeptical raised eyebrows* and was pretty cool. While waiting to get in we saw the infamous old men and trained birds, and yea of course I asked to hold one, and yea It was awesome! Can't you tell by that excited look on my face? It pretty much went like every other field trip in the way that we pretty much just took pictures with each other so enjoy the result of that. But first!!! A history lesson. In china every single brick has the brick makers name, his supervisor and where it was made inscribed on it. This is in case a quality control issue arises and the brick wasn't made well, the correct people can be tracked down and killed. True story. And here's photographic proof.
And here's some cool dragon things and one of my classmates devin
Here we have my good friends Maggie from San Fransico and Lev also from Seattle
This is the actual wall
These are my classmates plus the program director plus a few of the Chinese roommates
And this is the saddest picture I've ever taken.
One of my classmates, Alex, had bought a huge inflatable hammer. While walking down a semi crowded shopping area we hear Alex say " uh hey you guys who's kid is this? He's trying to steal my hammer" funny right? Not for the next 15 minutes while a 5 year old sobbed and latched onto poor Alex's leg refusing to let go until he either gave him the hammer or bought a flower. Eventually one of the Chinese roommates picked him up and we all pried him off of Alex's leg. It was funny at first then we all realized he was being made to do this and it put a damper on everyone's mood.
This all happened at Confucius temple which was really cool but I'll admit my hands were too frozen to take many pictures. I live here though so I know I'll be back so check back for pictures of that
It's 11:45 Saturday night now and I have to wake up early to go to the market with my grandma so I must sleep! Byeeeeeee <3