Well china is like a giant steamed pork dumpling! Well ok maybe not.... but when we got here it was like we were in a giant steamed pork dumpling :)
School here is very similar to Canada you know with the teachers and the kids and the ... learning. However that's where similarities end for the most part. There are riot/protests for student rights (very cool, until they start fireworks in the cafeteria), the students have almost literally nothing to do but study and work on school related things, which is not to say that I am the stupidest kid in the school, but that I'm not the smartest. A fight broke out in the cafeteria today (first for me) but little was shown to my violence virgin eyes other than 6 people or so carrying out (what I can only hope was) an unconscience body.
Friends are abound at every corner, but as said before things to do WITH friends sadly are not. Apparently I'm either some form of white candy or I have a clown face because girls wont stop pointing at me and giggling. Not to say I'm disappointed by this turn of events, as having a girl friend is a simple task of pointing at someone (joking, it requires some form of verbal communication XD)
The social disappointment arises when I want to hang out with others of my kind, that is geeks. Although there's no shortage of nerds and geek(ish) people, they just don't seem to have the time to indulge in the drugs of warhammer and magic cards, let alone video games. I'm sure once I get my Xbox working on the 240 Volt system, and get some cheap pirated games, I'll be able to host some form of fun multiplayer experience to my friends. They have computers but they're usually not good enough for games (fair enough) and they don't get internet in their dorms (not fair enough).
When people talked about things being cheap in china, it was probably stemmed from some racially insensitive joke, or a rumour they heard that a shelving unit that was 250$ in Canada is only 150 in china. I'm here now to tell you that they were wrong and right. First, the things are cheap, second, things are really really really really really really really really really really really really really really really really cheap. Let's put it this way, a good quality haircut for 2 people, a really good meal (with appetizers, drinks ect...) for 3 people, and a taxi ride to the town and back from the school (a good 15-20 minute drive) is around............ maybeeee 20 bucks O.o, and my mom doesn't seem as blown away as it as I am, but I just couldn't believe it. Therefore living well in china is a lot easier to living well in Canada (unless you like to binge on the most expensive crap).
Culturally we haven't experienced as much, but we did get to go on a late night boat trip through a 1000ish year old village with a Chinese opera singer who sang during the boat trip :) it was pretty cool I will admit, and very Chinese, I can only hope for more experiences like that in the future of our trip =D although I'm sure they'll come.
Anyways, adieu to the motherland, and love and such to the family and friends of myself and my mother. Can't wait to get a good quality haircut and meal again for 20 times less than you guys :P
Kurin (the g.reatest) Laing