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English Names

Because most foreigners can’t pronounce the Chinese names correctly many Chinese get themselves an English one. Today I met Zyclops…

Banana Pie

I wanted to take a picture of the McDonalds menu but the lady tore it away quickly. No idea why. Particularly because she handed it back to let us order. And then they gave us the take-away menu. I could have taken a picture of that…

At least I could try the Banana Pie that’s advertised all over the city:

Banana Pie
Banana Pie

I don’t have to have it again. Too sweet filling and a strange sour crust.

More Food

This was never intended to become a food blog and I promise to stop. But finding something to eat isn’t that easy and the things you get may not be what you expect them to be. So, another restaurant that seemed a little bit more exalted than the ones before:

Chinese restaurant
Chinese restaurant

Press a button to order, get the bill, …

Chinese restaurant

I think that’s where the information is displayed.

Chinese restaurant

Free tea that didn’t taste of chlorine and had a lemongrass aftertaste.

Chinese restaurant

Real fruit tea.

Chinese restaurant

Dumplings

Chinese restaurant

Vegetarian spaghetti. But I think the soup was not.

Chinese restaurant
Chinese restaurant

Old Man

I’m feeling like an old man. Elbow and jaw are getting better but now I can’t put pressure on my left ankle. Last night, I had to turn off the air conditioning because I didn’t know how to tell it that I wanted hot instead of cold air (works now). It got ice-cold, my cold that’s been on the mend got worse again and I got a cough as well.

I know I was completely healthy when I left Germany.

Guided Painting

Elementary Chinese

A Korean or Japanese classmate and I had to write signs on the blackboard. He did the dozen red ones on the left side, mine are the two ones in the circles on the upper right side. The ones below show how they’re supposed to look. Not that bad. But I was guided by others. They told me exactly what to paint: A horizontal line, two vertical ones, the sign for human – large –, another line and a box on top of it.

Back to the Food

Shinla Levain

Didn’t I say this wasn’t the last time I’ve been there…

Pizza with two forks

The pizza was so gigantic that I took half of it home and ate it at school.

Fair in Love and War

It doesn’t only look like war, we also have the sound. There are fireworks about every other day. And they’re only meters away from the houses. I filmed this one yesterday (and it took ages to upload it). A Chinese girl told me that there’ll be a marriage the next day.

Yes

Another attempt to communicate with a classmate. She could tell me that she’s not Japanese but Mongolian. From which city? Yes. Which language do they speak there? Yes. I said okay and gave up.

What a World

Yesterday we met a German guy with his nice Chinese girlfriend. She really seemed to like him. He will fly back to his German girlfriend in three or four days and thought if he won’t betray her now he’ll never do. And the poor little Chinese girl’s heart will be broken. That takes the stuffing out of me.

Washing

If you want to wash with warm water here you have to fill it in by yourself. About four buckets. The thing starts when it thinks it got enough. I had to repeat the procedure twice…

Washing
Washing
Washing
Washing
Washing

Noodles From the Noodle Man

Noodles

Only 4 Yuan, about 0,40 Euro.

China Mobile

Because you also pay when someone calls you, you’re unreachable if there’s no more money on the card. So I bought an update right away. It wasn’t that easy to tell the man what I wanted. We had no common language. As most Chinese he spoke neither English nor German and my Chinese is hardly existent. I ended up with this:

China Mobile card

And had no idea what to do. I called 13800138000 and switched to English but I still needed a “user pin number” which I don’t have. One hour after I had started – and only due to Chinese help – I finally had 48 Yuan on the card. I’d like to know where the missing 2 Yuan went.

Linping Lu

Rainbow City 2

Rainbow City 2 on Linping Road.

Building next to Rainbow City 2

Kabul at its best. And a new shop in between.

Exploring the Campus

Tongji Bus
Tongji
Tongji
Tongji
Tongji
Building models
Building models
Building models
Building models
Model

Model of the China Experimental Fast Breeder Reactor, tested 2000.

Tongji Shaking Table Testing Devision
Tongji
Tongji
Tongji
Tongji
Tongji

Another Tongji logo and more blankets on the football court.

Tongji

Waiting for nai cha (milk tea) and the best food on Campus.

Sandwich at Tongji
Tongji

I really like it here. Why don’t we have a campus like that in Munich?