I was up bright and early today, said a quiet goodbye to Gijs and Sietske, grabbed some fruit and muesli and headed to the train station. All of the signs in the station are, would you believe it, in Chinese so arriving there in plenty of time was a smart move. I managed to find the waiting room that was for my train and waited until everybody started moving.
The train was really comfortable and the guy next to me was friendly enough to want to talk. I arrived in Huludao fairly sharpish and was greeted by Jack, a really nice guy that works at the university. He and his wife, Ivy, then took me to the apartment which was, for want of a better word, untidy. I complained about a few things and then we went to a restaurant.
In the restaurant we had our own room and waitress. Jack ordered the food from downstairs and we had pork dumplings, seafood dumplings, squid with cucumber and a beef dish that I can't remember the name of. The food was really good and I was starving.
After this, we headed to a police station where I had to register. The policeman thought he was from a 50s American cop show and sat there smoking and shouting away. It turns out that my apartment is not in that police station's catchment area so we ended up going somewhere else where the man was nice.
We went then to the university for me to sign my life away with some employment contracts. The university looked pretty big but was empty because term's yet to start. I'll be going back there later this week to get my bearings.
Then, back to the apartment to sulk about being 5000 miles away from home, not being able to speak to anybody and being isolated in the freezing cold apartment. Not a happy time.
Next thing I got a phone call from Ella and Roe and I cheered up a great deal. It was so great to hear them blabber on about absolutely nothing! I miss you guys very much, and everyone in fact. Wish I had a few of you with me!