Welcome to my China blog!
My arrival in Huzhou, a city of 2.5 million people 2hrs west of Shanghai, was spectacularly uneventful. I will not bore you the reader with stories of my journey; it is enough to praise KLM for a smooth flight – good food, great selection of entertainment (if a representative from KLM is reading I am happy to receive payment for this free advertisement through free flights, airmiles, upgrades etc) and to say that Tesco, who have opened a branch in Shanghai, may just be taking over the world.
My apartment is a simple 1 bedroom flat in the centre of Huzhou; I have posted a picture from my bedroom window (more photos to follow). I spent Sunday day following around Lesley, a Chinese teacher who leads the international programme at my school. After classes, which were mainly on small children (10-12year olds) we went to a restaurant where we had some of the local specialities, including the fish soup (below).
Today has been a busy day sorting out documents needed to stay here for a while. I had one interesting chat (through my chinese friend) with a taxi driver who disliked the British fighting in Libya. He was mad. In this situation I find it best to lie, so I assured said driver of my liberal outlook and confirmed my presence in Huzhou is not a pretext for a colonial expansion.
I am writing from a private room in an internet cafe, watching a chinese television programme about kids who dance like michael jackson. I literally have no idea. I am doing this whilst eating popcorn, seeds and watermelon. Bizarre.
This is all for now, I will updating more regularly when I have internet in my flat (maybe tomorrow).