This week has been full of running errands, getting lost, and meeting people. We found a great little American-ish grocery store a bus ride a way were we can get most of what we need including the most scrumptious bacon, and pig feet (In case we ever need pig feet). There is also a great night market just a few minutes’ walk down the street where we can buy anything for super cheap including ipads, PSPs, and anything you can get in a department store here.
Our neighbors are getting used to seeing us every day. We’ve made friends with the egg lady, the market lady, the fruit lady, and hopefully soon the bread and candy ladies. We became friends with the head hancho of the neighborhood who got Miranda an interview with the Kindergarten right by our house. They offered her a part-time job but we are waiting to see if we can find her any full-time work before we commit. We are also thinking of teaching English right out of our house; there are hundreds of kids in our neighborhood.
We made the hour long subway ride to my school this week and looked around. It was a SUPER nice place. I’ve also decided to take my classes in Chinese instead of English like originally planned. They are offering a Chinese class this summer for foreigners to help prepare them, so that will help my Chinese big time. I’m really nervous about doing it in Chinese but in the long run I would regret it if I didn’t. My Chinese has already improved tons just being here a week. Miranda is also starting to speak Chinese, she practices about 2 hours a day, she even ordered frys and a sundae at McDonalds all by herself!
We are loving it here so far and are so excited for the next 4 years!!