Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Arrival at Minhang

 Hello all!  I hope you all enjoying this warm Indiana weather you've had the last week or so.  I keep hearing about it from all my friends at Purdue!  Just don’t forget that it’s still February haha.  Not much has happened this last week because of all the class we've had, but I’ll try to spice it up a little for you.

This last week was pretty awful when it came to class.  Consequently, I don’t have too many pictures to share.  On Monday, Wednesday and Friday we had class from 8:30 to 4:15 with a one hour break for lunch.  And on Tuesday and Thursday we had class from 8:30 to noon.  I guess it’s the price we have to pay for not really having any class for the first 6 weeks…in China!  The wasn’t too bad the first couple days, but once we got in to the second half of the week, getting up and going to class all day was pretty awful.  Fortunately we got an awesome care package full of tasty stuff from Kathleen, Laura and Courtney back at Purdue!  They were nice enough to send us cookies, peanut butter, some snickers and a few other goodies.  We can’t say it enough, so thanks again for that!

I was really excited about my Dog Baby towel
For the last week or so Dan and I have been trying to order suits for ourselves.  This has turned into a multi-day exploration as we tried to find the place (The South Bund Soft Fabric Market) we wanted to go to.  We knew the Subway exit we wanted to get off on and the general direction we needed to move in.  The first time we went there we went down the road I thought it was on.  When the road seemed to end as it went across a river we turned around and wandered for a little while before heading home.  The second time we went to look for it we were fortunate enough to find it.  As it turns out, the market was directly across the street from where we stopped on our previous excursion.  But alas, it was not to be on this day.  The market was still closed for New Year's celebrations.  Finally, on our third trip to the market we were able to go in and order what we wanted.  The custom tailored suit I ordered is going to be about $108.  We're going back to pick them up on the 27th.

On Saturday we got up early and moved to the new campus.  We haven't had much time to go exploring, but the campus is incredibly spread out.  The building that most of our classes are going to be in on the other side of campus, a 30 minute walk.  We had heard about this and came to campus prepared to buy bicycles.  I got a fixed gear bike with brakes that I can pedal with when fully engaged for about $40.  It cost a couple dollars more just to get a longer tube so my seat could sit's still too small for me thought.  We also met up with some Chinese students that we had met earlier in the semester.  They were really excited to meet us because they're going to be going to Purdue next fall for a couple years.  They've been incredibly helpful and nice to us while we've been here so we're really excited about getting to show them around when they arrive at Purdue.T

That's pretty much it for now.  I'm heading off to Beijing tomorrow for our long weekend.  I can already tell it's going to be an interesting trip so there'll be plenty to write about next week.  I'll also be adding more photos and videos as I take them.  Have a great week!