Steph Lloyd

Wondering + Wandering


Life in China

Matt and I arrived safely in China late on Friday night! It’s been a busy few days and doesn’t look like it will let up for another couple of weeks. We are doing well, though, and loving life in China so far. I plan to write fairly often here. I can’t access Faceb–k so if anyone has any questions or comments, please leave them here on the blog so I will see them (I set the import function up before I left so my posts would be viewable there).

Our flat is really nice and much bigger than our house in California. Ha! We are about halfway unpacked and have yet to cook in the house. We’ve had a few adventures figuring out how to get hot showers, light in the bathroom, and the internet connected. I should say, Matt did… I just kind of wandered around looking for clues while he fixed them. Once he had them working, life became much more comfortable! We’ve been waking up around 5:30 am every day. I hope we start to sleep a bit later but for now we start our day with the sun and go to bed around 9 pm. It feels good and I really enjoy the cool mornings (days are hot!). I’ll take pictures of our home once we finish unpacking.

By far my favorite food was at our university cafeteria today (photo above). We get breakfast and lunch free there and plan to take advantage of that as much as possible. We’ve also eaten at McDonald’s a couple of times (egg mcmuffins for breakfast!), a Korean restaurant (not too awesome), and a Chinese restaurant (pretty good). I suppose I should get into more detail on the Chinese restaurant since every restaurant here is technically a Chinese restaurant. Ha! Unfortunately I can’t read the names of the restaurants or what we are eating yet. Matt had some sort of noodles with beef, kind of like a stew, and I had rice with beef. They were both good but contained a bit much fat for me.

Speaking of the university, we had our first day of classes today. I had only one class and Matt had two. Mine was a lot of fun. I look forward to getting to know the students more. The class is 27 students so it’s kind of hard getting any quality chat time in with them. Matt’s classes were smaller so he enjoyed that. The campus is huge and has lots of nice nooks and crannies. I will definitely explore and take pictures once fall arrives and I’m not sweating my booty off! The bridge above is in the center of campus and I walk by it to get home. It’s so beautiful! There are fish in the water too.

We’ve made a few videos but I don’t have time to edit them at the moment. We have assignments due for grad school and I’ve got lesson plans to do for the rest of the week but I wanted to send a little update out into cyberspace in case anyone was wondering how we are doing. Zài jiàn!

  1. Mel

    September 2, 2013 at 6:30 am

    So thankful for the update and glad to hear that things have gone pretty smooth! Loves, Mel

    1. Steph

      September 2, 2013 at 4:19 pm

      I left out a few snafus because they happen everywhere. Haha! Love ya!

  2. Jacinda

    September 2, 2013 at 3:47 pm

    So awesome Steph! Enjoyed the read! Keep the posts coming. Excited about your adventure!

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