|china, in brief
||[Aug. 31st, 2012|01:23 am]
Commander Coralie Onasi Alenko Shepard
So I'm in China. It's cool. My trip has been extended twice now; I left (and arrived) on the 17th, and was originally to leave the 26th, which became the 30th, which is now the 2nd. I am experiencing an unprecedented degree of homesickness. I would kill a kitten to be able to understand conversations with waitstaff.|
Or perhaps not. In the last few weeks, among other things, I have eaten: frog legs, chicken feet (boned and deboned), pig foot, pig leg (this one comes with handy plastic gloves, sort of like the bibs they give you when you order boiled lobsters). I've also eaten (somewhat under protest) fried jellyfish. I did request that we not order toads from the enormous tub o' toads.
[Tub o" toads]
So far I have been in Nanjing, Zhenzhou (pron. "JUN-jo"), I'm in Wuhan now and in a few hours I fly back to Beijing where I'll be for a day and a half or so before flying home. It's been a mostly work-oriented tour but I've gotten some sight-seeing in, like the memorial in Nanjing re: the Japanese rape/slaughter there, which was especially interesting since I've just seen the Israeli Holocaust memorial. (The two memorials, despite having similar themes, were SO different. The Israeli memorial was much more clinical and disinclined to use rhetoric. The Chinese memorial is much more... sensational and used a lot of adjectives.)
Twitter, Facebook, Youtube, Wordpress, Blogspot, and ImageShack are blocked, near as I can tell. Apparently you can get them via 3G - the Great Firewall of China does not extend to mobile networks - but upon landing I got this text message:
Free Msg! Welcome to China! Dial 001 & 10-digit # to call US. For roaming support call 001-908-559-4899.
Depending on your plan, calls made & received are $1.99/min. TXT: Send $.50, Receive $.05. Pic/video msgs, web use, tethering, and apps use data while roaming.
Global Data: $20.48/MB. [Ed. note: mother of god] Turn data services off in device settings or use WiFi to avoid charges.
Except I can't use WiFi because I can't decipher the redirect pages so I am stuck with wired connections on my laptop only, whee!
That's pretty much that, and I am basically out of time so I am gonna run downstairs and head to the airport so I can go to Beijing and then San Francisco and then HOME where I can get PIZZA and UNDERSTAND CONVERSATIONS and not need to be babysat all the time.