Etikettarkiv: sanlitun

Last day in Tianjin

 

The main building where I had my classes, in the front there's a statue of Zhou Enlai with a quote that says: 我爱南开大学,meaning "I love Nankai University".

The main building where I had my classes, in the front there’s a statue of Zhou Enlai with a quote that says: 我爱南开大学,meaning ”I love Nankai University”.

And so my final day in Tianjin is here. I haven’t packed, I don’t know the way to the bus station, I’m just not ready to leave yet.

 

Me with my professor (the short one in a brown jacket) along with some of my teachers.

Me with my professor (the short one in a brown jacket) along with some of my teachers.

I’ve had my final presentation, it went well and now I only have a few changes left to make on my essay before I hand it in. I’m really going to miss my professor, he’s been so good to me and really concerned about my well-being. I got to say goodbye to my teachers and they told me I did well on my exams, which is a relief.

 

My very own Elephant

My very own Elephant

I decided to go to Beijing again for some last shopping. I went to Xidan and the 明珠Mingzhu market. There are not a lot of tourists in Xidan and I think I was the only foreigner there. The qualities of the copies are not quite as good as the ones in Sanlitun and Yashou, but it’s cheaper here. I managed to get three pair of Converse for 50yuan each and I bought some t-shirts, sweaters, sunglasses etc. The sales people here are very friendly and always want to have a nice chat with you. These past days I’ve been running around all over town buying things, visiting my favourite café’s and restaurants. The market in our neighbourhood is really good and everyone recognises us now, which not strange given that we’re the only foreigners living there.

At the tattoo studio

At the tattoo studio

Liza and me have been ordering a lot of things on Taobao, which is kind of like the Swedish Blocket or Tradera, only much bigger and better. The delivery is fast and you can buy things really cheap. One of Liza’s packages got lost though, they think someone took it, but she was compensated and a new one was delivered super quick.

On the bus, empty in the evening

On the bus, empty in the evening

The canteens on campus are closed and you can tell that most people are getting ready to go home, if they haven’t already left. I managed to get my tattoo, I decided on an Elephant. The place was really good and hygienic and they guy really professional. Did it hurt? A little bit, but not as much as I had expected. I have managed to buy all the things on my list and today I’m going to get my packing done since I’m actually leaving tonight. I will take the bus from Tianjin, it’s cheap and it goes straight to the airport. Next time I’m writing I’ll be writing from Sweden.

Claire, Payam and Katie gives La Bamba thumbs up

Claire, Payam and Katie gives La Bamba thumbs up

I met up with Payam, Claire and Katie one last time at our precious La bamba, I’m really going to miss them. Luckily we can still keep in touch on Wechat and Facebook. I’m really looking forward to having access to Facebook again.

I'll miss you guys

I’ll miss you guys

 

Until we meet again in Sweden,

 

Bye for now

The mosquitos are back!

Mask on
Mask on
I think this would be a success in Sweden
I think this would be a success in Sweden

I really thought we were passed all this but no, the mosquitos are back and they are as feisty as ever. I wonder how they have managed to stay alive for so long, all I know is that the minute we turn the lights off, I can hear them. Death to all mosquitos!

This week has been really quiet so far, I have been preparing for my presentation on Monday, where I will talk about Sweden and air pollution. It was quite interesting because last time we were discussing the countryside here in China and what sort of problems they are facing with pollution, waste etc. Suddenly my teacher asked about the situation in Sweden and what I thought were China’s biggest challenges. I actually felt a bit ashamed to say that, since there is not that many of us in Sweden, our problems are of a “slightly” smaller scale. I then added that I think the biggest challenge China faces is its ever-growing population; there are just too many people. The teacher smiled and said she would very much like to see Sweden one day and experience what it’s like to breathe some fresh air. I told her she was welcomed. My presentation will be in both English and Chinese since, according to my teacher, my classmates needs to practise their English.

Today I’m in Beijing to celebrate Aude’s birthday, well, technically it’s tomorrow, but we celebrate her today anyway. I met up with Miriam for lunch and we went to an Indian restaurant. I haven’t had Indian food for months, so it was extra delicious this time. I don’t know the plans for tonight, but there is always something to do in Beijing, so I’m not worried.

I played some badminton with my classmates, they were of course all better then me, but I had fun. The most popular sports in China seem to be, table tennis, basketball and badminton. Football is not so big here, the woman’s team is better than the men’s team, but then again, so is Sweden’s;) I play table tennis with my language partner sometimes.

A lot of people ask me what you eat for breakfast here in China and I myself stick to porridge, but since most people have quite a long way to work and commute everyday, most people end up buying something on the street. In the mornings you see people selling warm soymilk with some kind of fried bread or pancake. A boiled egg with some sort of rice porridge is also quite common. It all tastes good, but I prefer porridge, it just feels more like breakfast to me. I love soymilk though, especially with coconut flavour, I could drink it everyday and it’s so cheap compared to coffee. I wish it were more common in Sweden.

I think it time for a visit to IKEA soon, it’s December soon after all and they always have such nice Christmas decorations and of course, the food. I really miss salmon, you can find it here, but it’s usually with sushi and right now I would just like some nice oven baked salmon with mashed potatoes. I think I will stock up on my supply of chocolates as well when we go to IKEA, it is much needed and fortunately you can find Marabou chocolate there. Besides salmon I don’t really miss Swedish food, there is so much interesting food here. The only thing I can get fed up with sometimes is rice. There’s always rice, rice, rice, everyday, twice per day if possible. It’s like, if you don’t eat rice, you cannot possibly feel full. Every time I go to the canteen to buy some food, they always ask me if I want rice or not, and 9 out of 10 times I say no and they always give me a very sceptical look that say; Are you sure you don’t want any, you won’t feel full otherwise. I guess it’s a bit like Swedes and potatoes, but these days I guess we eat more pasta than potatoes. It’s not that they don’t eat potatoes here, it’s just prepared in a different way and it’s never ever boiled. I have seen meatballs here as well, but they’re boiled, not fried. This is also very typical for the food here up north; everything is fried and very oily. I have to say though, I love it and I love the spices they use. I think that’s it for today, I’ll write more on Sunday after this weekend’s events.

Bye!