Tonight I’ve had my final exam in my first class of Chinese. I’ve finished a whole book!
A week or so ago I actually used only Chinese to talk to a taxi driver–no reliance on iPhone taxi cards to tell him where to go. And when he couldn’t find the apartment building we were looking for, (I’d been there a few weeks before, so I vaguely remembered what it looked like) I was able to tell him to turn around and go left and right and go straight and go left and right and …..and by the time we finally found the place we were both laughing and felt like old friends.
I haven’t just been studying, although everyone here seems to think so, because Christmas is just around the corner and we have people coming!! Must decorate! Must look Christmassy!
But evergreen trees don’t grow in China! Now what?
Rumor has it, they have trees. Will they?
What does one do when Christmas is over? I personally am not interested in having an evergreen tree growing in my apartment during the summer. And worrying about them leaking water on the floors and crashing through to the next floor would keep me awake all night.
I also read on another blog that some of them don’t actually have roots–they’re cut off and stuck in the pots, so they’ll just die like a regular Christmas tree! Which actually I would be fine with, if I wasn’t paying for a live tree. But then what do you do with this enormous pot? Hide dead bodies in it?
Mark’s Chinese teacher, who comes to the apartment for his lessons, was a bit mystified by the decorating, especially the whole bringing a tree into the house thing. It is rather odd if you think about it.
Tomorrow: Brooke and Tina, Meredith’s two friends. Their plane should be taking off about now.
I’ll also be doing a “Christmas in Shanghai” post to let you see all the decorations here in Shanghai.