On Friday evening we went to s’Schmankerl (a German bar) in the city centre to meet up with John’s colleagues. It was a really nice evening, sitting out in the beer garden with a large group of teachers from all over the world. The beer was a bit pricey, even by British standards, but the atmosphere was lovely and there were proper loos!
On Saturday we wanted to go to Lake Tai (Taihu) but I didn’t feel 100%, so we just relaxed and read instead. Before we came to China, I set up a subscription to the Guardian for my Kindle. I really enjoy having a newspaper delivered every day, although UK news seems a bit remote here.
In the afternoon, we walked to the city centre to find where the cinema is and to go to the big bookshop. After a bit of hunting, we found the cinema, but there aren’t any English language films on at the moment, so we will save that for another day. Outside the cinema a student came up to us to ask for advice on how to pronounce involve and self. After we had given him our advice, he went away happy. At the bookshop we bought a Chinese language text book to use in our lessons that start today. While there, an older Chinese man came up to talk to us to practise his English. He works as a Japanese translator, but his English was also excellent. It was nice to spend a bit of time chatting to him.
On the way home, we stopped at a hotpot restaurant for tea. We are still getting the hang of what and how to order in these places, so we had a bit of a strange meal – but we came away well fed.
It was nice to chat to my Mum on Skype last night (hi Mum!) It is strange to think that until relatively recently a call home would have been a real luxury and difficult to arrange. The wonders of modern technology!
This morning we went to visit the Qingming Bridge. It was very scenic (see photos in this post). As well as the lovely scenery, one of the highlights was buying a cafetiere from Starbucks. There are quite a few Starbucks in Wuxi, but getting a proper coffee maker for our apartment was a bit of a challenge. Now we just need to find some ground coffee to go in it.