We´re finally in China!
Or we´ve been here for a week now, but this is the first time we have Internet stable enough to blog.
Our first week in the big country in East has been fantastic! The first two days was spent getting used to the time difference, climate, culture, food and to just settle in. It´s been a lot of sightseeing and walking the first days.
Walking and shopping street with a lot of weird and funny stuff
Aga and Kathrine found cute pig-ears on hair-pins in one of the shop. They truly look like pigs now
More walking and learning to read the Chinese traffic
The best thing about China is the delicious cheap food. Everybody have tasted a lot of new things, and we probably have more to come. Although the food sometimes is very spicy, we haven’t had any stomach problems yet. And we love sharing food, so we usually order a bunch of different dishes and share them 🙂
Hanna especially likes the food here
But we have been working a lot too, there´s still much to do. Our local girl Kevin and local guy Zhou (Joe) managed to find a spot for us to work at CAFA, China Central Academy of Fine Arts in Beijing. It was fun to see how other schools work and to meet some of the students. The picture under shows the CAFA Art Museum.
Here´s us working at CAFA. An improvised office in an empty classroom with bad Internet connection and no heat. But we loved it! And no one can stop us from having a great time as long as we get food and breaks.
Some of us are trying to learn Chinese to easier communicate with the locals. Aga´s handwriting is so beautiful and she learns fast. Perhaps she can take over the job as a translator?
On Sunday we printed the IKEA-catalog, all the cut lists and the «we´re from Norway»-booklet we’ve made to make the building and communication easier.
One day some of us went to the Badaling Great Wall two hours outside Beijing, and it was an amazing experience! It was exhausting and we were really tired on the way back, but totally worth it! And we were singing “Ill make a man out of you” from Mulan the entire trip.
The guide said that if you haven’t been to the Great Wall, you haven’t been to China. And if you have walked on the wall, you can call yourself a hero.
And since we´re tourists, we had to take the «we´ve been to the Great Wall» picture.
And jumping picture
Another day was spent in The Forbidden City. It´s huge and massive, and it´s impressive to think about the amount of work to build it.
While everybody was taking pictures of the city, some other tourists focused on something else… Johanne and Kathrine are quite popular as you can see!
You often say that Chinese people are proud of their land and culture, but Bjørnar in his Marius sweater shows that Norwegians can be proud of their culture too.
Buddhist temple we’ve visited
Now we’re looking forward to go to Shanghai with high speed train to experience a different kind of asian city!