Tuesday, May 12, 2009

Our life in the Orient

First off, I just want to start out by saying, WE HAVE INTERNET!!!!! Woo!!!!!!!! Today is the first day we have had it in our apartment which means that we no longer have to risk our lungs to cancer. The internet cafe's here consist of Chinese gamers that smoke 2 packs in the 2 hours they are there. Gross.

We landed here last Thursday morning and have been going ever since. We live in the Jing An district in Shanghai just North of the Jing An Temple. Go ahead and google image a picture of it if you like! Our apartment was built in the 1930's so it has an old China feel to it. It is many different levels with the same wood floor as it had when it was built im sure. We also have a cat named Spice. The man who is letting us stay in his apartment has Spice to kill mice and we haven't seen any so far, so good job Spice!

So far, we have toured the area (by foot!), saw the Pearl of the Orient, walked around the Bund, ridden in many taxis and safely made it to our destination, not been killed crossing the street, eaten REAL Chinese food and enjoyed it, found every American fast food restaurant within a mile radius and ate there, been stared at by every Chinese man, given food to the poor, and survived jet lag. It was a beast!

Zack started his job at the hospital on Monday. He is interning at Shanghai United Hospital. Right now they have him doing administration which doesn't help him at all, but he is enjoying working with the people there. He has been given assignments to visit other doctors so that is promising and he is excited about it.

I (Emily) have successfully wandered Shanghai alone and managed to not get lost and pass the time. Much thanks to my ipod and the movies and office episodes on it. I will teach English to kingdergarten kids but it doesn't start until June first. I do go in to do a 'demo' for them on Thursday though, so I hope it goes well!

We are doing well. Church is my new favorite thing. I am positive that Shanghai has the COOLEST branch in the world. Everyone is so funny, nice, and friendly. We went to a branch party on Saturday where we met many people from all over and some that I happened to go to the same elementary school with. Small world! Not to be all churchy on you but I really am so grateful to know that when I go far away to places like this, that I always have the church to rely on and that people in it are there to help me. It has really helped me to settle in.

Here are a few of the pictures of our adventure so far!

Zack and I at the Bund. Which is basically the boardwalk along the Pu River.


Me with the symbol of the World Expo. It is coming to Shanghai in 2010 and basically the little guy is everywhere, and the entire city is under construction for it. It is NUTS!



Zack and I at Bali Park, right across from the temple. About 10 min. from our house.



Thank you Korean Air for getting us here safely!

12 comments:

Chris and Amy Darton said...

Looks like an awesome and very fun experience! Are you flipping the camera off in the first pic???

Nicole said...

Yay! Glad you are surviving! And thanks for your ipod! We have a connection in our car in our glove box, but this is the first time we've had the right size ipod! So life is great in the music arena!

Jen said...

oh my goodness I am sooooo jealous!!! I love to hear that you have not died on the taxi rides yet, or been ran over by a car crossing the street... two of my favorite things. Oh and the staring by every chinese men just wait until you stop to rest or wait for a train.. the start to gather around and try to ask you out. Its great. As for the spitting goes... dont you love it... or the slip bottom pants the little kids wear. Oh man im so jealous... PLEASE ALWAYS UP DATE!

Chad and Lacy Johnson said...

sounds exciting guys!! :) I hope you enjoy every minute! :)

Noelle said...

Sounds amazing! I can't wait to see more pictures!

Mary Pugh said...

So exciting! Sounds like you guys are in for a great adventure!

Erin said...

W.O.W. I'm so excited for you guys! Your adventures sound so amazing! One day I would like to be in your shoes! Keep us updated on everything and be safe! I love you bunches and I'm really sad we didn't get to play before you left! We will just have to play when you get back! Have oodles of fun!

Niederfam said...

Yay!!!! Congratulations on the internet!!!! I'm so glad you no longer have to sacrifice your health to communicate!!!! Can't wait to see more photos!!!! And I love the emails, I hope you are printing them out for your "journal"----;)

And agreed, our church is AWESOME!!!!!! For lots of reasons, but to help you assimilate and feel at home, even when you are in China!!!!

Elizabeth said...

I'm glad everything worked out, and it sounds like you're having a great time! We're excited to hear more about your adventures.

Luvers said...

That is so awesome I would love to experience what you are experiencing. Although it's a lot harder when you already have children, Anyway enjoy your adventures together I'm sure you'll have great memories!

Talbots said...

It sounds like so much fun! We miss you guys. Keep us updated.

Brynne said...

Korean air is so good to everyone! That plane is all too familiar in my memory. Love hearing about your foreign adventures though and hope it continues to treat you well!