千山 – Qian Shan Mountain

大家好!

Deepest apologies for the long silence. I haven’t had internet for about a week at least and then to boot I’ve been so sick.

A thousand sneaky Aladdin viruses with their flying carpets are zooming into a ‘whole new world’ that is my lungs and sinuses. I don’t recall being this sick in years… I believe the last time was when I was working at Wegman’s. I remember because my friend, Anthony came over with a chick flick and some soup or something.

Anthony, where are you now? Long time no see man!!

Anyway, speaking of Anthony, I met a Ukrainian guy named Bagrat (I just call him Bob.. lol) here that not only looks like Anthony a bit, but acts like him, too. It’s a bit funny. Wegman’s people, do you agree?

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My Ukrainian friend Bob.

Anyway, so this day was the day we went to Qian Shan which basically translates to Thousand Peak Mountains or something like that. We didn’t do the actual mountain climbing but we walked the long way to the gate. It was a nice walk and I might want to do actual hiking come early Spring.

I mostly walked with Monica but chatted with some other homies as well.

Some more Polish girls have arrived and they were all the rage with the Chinese because they are tall and in some cases, blonde. I snuck one photo of their pain… The Chinese people would not leave us alone.. but I didn’t attract quite the same attention.

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U.S. Army and the US flag was on their shirts… wuuuut??

There was a point where people from the school had to shoo away Chinese people like flies.. I don’t get the fascination. I get they’re not used to seeing foreigners but like.. it’s not like we’re not human.. wtf. We got a taste of what it’s like to be celebrity that day and I do not like it.

We got to see some shows and all but overall before the actual walk started it was kinda slow and boring. It felt more like a publicity stunt by the school to show off their menagerie of foreigners like some kind of trophy.

“We are monkeys” we will often say to each other with a wry grin. I’m often tempted to pull out a banana.

This quote goes back to the day in the park when I first met Gosia and Jagoda. I said something silly like, “I don’t understand why they gawk.. why not just say hello or ask to take a photo rather than try to be sneaky about it?” Gosia replied with something like “Because we are monkeys.. when you go to the zoo, do you talk to the monkeys? No! You look at them and take pictures”.

So yeah. We are fucking monkeys. Figuratively. Not literally.

Qian Shan was lovely though. I went crazy taking photos so enjoy.

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Will work on getting you an update again about our 运动会 (sports meet). It was much more serious and much larger than I thought.

再见,

Laowai Shye

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