Studying Environmental Law and Management here and China I have learned a few things; The Chinese make really high-tech PPPts (Power Point Presentations), you are expected to criticize your classmates on every tiny detail, you should have a lot of text on each slide and read every word on every slide in a monotone voice, finally, if you are a foreigner, you really just need to show up for class and that’s it. Did I do well on my presentation? You bet.
I wasn’t that nervous to be honest, I was more concerned that they wouldn’t understand me, since the teacher had requested that I spoke English for my presentation. My Power Point was in Chinese though, so they could take a peek if they didn’t quite understand me. I took the opportunity to talk 0a little bit about Sweden in general and point it out on the map, just to make sure they knew I wasn’t talking about Switzerland. I did my thing, they asked me a few question and then it was over. The other groups took a bit more serious than me and had prepared 60 pages long presentations, so the 20min time limit went out the window pretty quickly. I noticed that the teacher was a lot tougher towards the Chinese students, but I felt that she gave them really good advice and not just critique. Glad to have done my first presentation here at Nankai!
On Tuesday I had my first manicure ever, being that I climb and do a lot of horseback riding in Sweden, it seemed quite pointless to do one, but here I don’t do a lot of “manual work” so I thought, why not? Claire and me found a place in a shopping mall and I decided to go for a greenish colour, I wanted something that popped. It was quite relaxing just sitting there, having a chat with the girls helping us. One of them was from Haerbin, a city far up north. She thought the weather was still warm, compared to the weather in Haerbin where they have a famous ice festival everywhere. It’s kind of like the ice hotel in Jokkasjärvi, Sweden, but an entire city. After that we went to drink some nice, warm hot chocolate, much needed in this windy weather.
One of radiators has been broken for a while and today they came and fixed, very much appreciated! Right now it’s about -1 to -2 during the day, but in the evening it’s really cold. Tomorrow we are off to IKEA, finally! I really miss Salmon, other than that, I don’t really have any other cravings for typical Swedish food. It’s always nicely decorated in IKEA as well, it helps you get into the christmas spirit!