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Tongji
Tongji

The library. Haven’t been in there yet.

Tongji
Tongji

Woks in action.

Food at Tongji

Never trust Chinese if they tell you something is without meat. A lesson I’ve learned by now. I only ate the lower part and the rice. No idea what the other thing was. Gelatine?

Tongji

“Celebrate the 98th International women’s day warmly."(Thanks.)

Tongji

“Welcome to attend the film department of Tongji."(Thanks.)

What They Eat Here

Different kinds of tofu

Different kinds of tofu, specialties of Shanghai.

Clubs

On walking to one of the cafeterias we passed several booths. I was asked to take part in a survey. At least that’s what I understood. I thought why not, filled in my name, email address and telephone number and they promised to contact me. I asked what we’d do then and they said something about an interview and that they’d be happy if I’d join them. Join what? Seems to be some kind of student council. I’m not sure. But I have no intention to join.

We walked on and found more clubs in front of the cafeteria:

Clubs in front of a cafeteria
Clubs in front of a cafeteria

I left my number at a dance club. Thought that could be interesting.

Model aircraft club

Model aircraft club

Next day:

Clubs in front of a cafeteria
The clubs at Tongji

The clubs at Tongji

Tongji

“Do you know that I am waiting for you?” Everyone wants you to join his or her club. Here it’s a department of the student union.

Calligraphy club

Calligraphy club

Calligraphy club

Crash

My landlady’s grandson just came in, crashed his remote control car against my water bottle and left. Perhaps I should start to lock my room.

Chinese Friends

It’s so good to have Chinese friends. They can read the menus and bus schedules, know all the strange things in the supermarkets and find out how to tell an air conditioning to use hot instead of cold air.

That had taken me about an hour yesterday. And today I walked to university because I couldn’t find the right bus. Not the most comfortable thing with my hurting ankle.

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.

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.

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.

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.