Hello! Hope you are all doing well this week. The biggest news of the week for me actually has nothing to do with China. It has to do with me getting my first cousin ever. Hooray! My Aunt K had her (and Ben’s) baby today! I have seen pictures and he is the cutest little thing ever. I am so happy for them, and my whole family. I know they are all together now and I wish I was there but for now pictures will have to suffice. So many things have happened lately that have really made us wish we weren’t on the other side of the world, but we are. So, the best we can do is share our joy via the computer.
All posts in Chongqing
Hi, everyone! So, I am not throwing up these Chongqing posts quite as quickly as I promised. Fortunately, there has been a bit of a lull in the action in our Chengdu adventure anyway. Yer not missing much. We’re in a routine; we work a lot, we eat yummy food, we drink watery beer, and we hang out in the apartment a lot. We’ve been watching a lot of American TV. Homesick, still. I’m on a July countdown because after July I have a good feeling I’m going to get my China spunk back. I think I may have been saying that for a few posts now, but I’m confident. I’ll go back to my regular work schedule, Kevin and I will have more time to spend together on his days off, we’ll be able to do fun things, and we’ll be much closer to all the excitement that fall will bring! Until then, I’m not sad to reminisce about our last trip (almost a month ago- eek!) while I count down until our next one.
Hello! This week was a tad bit on the miserable side for Kevin and I. Our time in China has been so hot and cold– we’re either so happy and excited to be here or we’re totally dragging. It might just be that the lows feel lower without our support system. We do well at helping each other out when we’re actually together, but the opposite work schedules are killer. This week we both were really sick. I swear I’ve never been sick this often in my life.
Hello everyone! Last night I got a little taste of the Chinese emergency room as I have another miserable infection. It was an interesting experience, to say the least. I was out and about trying to brave out my discomfort when I decided I was in too much pain and wanted to go home. Our friend Michael was nice enough to take us to a 24 hour hospital nearby to get me some medicine. I showed up around 2 am with no ID or anything and was out within about a half hour. I came in, told my symptoms to a doctor who was standing in the hallway and he sent me to the cashier to pay for the visit. It was 8RMB, or about $1.50. Then they ran some tests almost immediately and prescribed me a pain killer, an antibiotic and two different kinds of Chinese medicine. The pharmacy was in the building and I had my medicine instantly. The whole thing set us back about $30 and that’s mostly because of an expensive pain killer. It was kind of dirty, and definitely not up to the sanitation/privacy/organization standards of a hospital in the United States (they never even got my real name- they wrote down Eria Lide on the form) but I couldn’t believe how easy and efficient it was. A trip to the ER would never be that straightforward and quick at home! Plus, I don’t have insurance anymore so it would probably cost me a ridiculous amount for the visit and the medication. Anyway, today I’m not feeling very well at all but since I’ve just been laying around, I figured I’d try to post some pictures of the first part of our Chongqing trip. I’m feeling a little loopy, though, so I’ll probably make it short and sweet.