Friday, June 13, 2008

Welcome to Beijing!

I arrived in Beijing on Monday and have spent the week adjusting to being in China and to being 12 hours ahead of the east coast! Yan and I spent much of the week running errands to try to get our apartment set up. Although the apartment includes furniture, we needed to get sheets, towels, order water, get cell phone service etc. Some of the English translations gave me a good laugh! For example, the saucepan that I bought was labeled as a "glaring milkpan." I also learned that in Beijing you have to add salt to the dishwasher because the water is so hard. The air pollution problem was sadly immediately recognizable.

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