The past couple of days have been very interesting. The wait in Hong Kong did not do me any favours. There was no where for me to lie down and a decent amount of sleep. The lights were on all the time, the travelator kept telling people (who weren’t there) the please hold the rail in both English and Chinses. The shuttle that took people from end of the airport to the other had a beep attached to it and someone in the airport insisted on playing the most annoying music ever known to man on repeat. I personally would have perferred Vogon poetry. A combination of all these things, the lack of sleep and the lack of food and stress made me ill and I caught a persistant stomach bug, causing me to be ill shortly before my flight to Qingdao, on the flight and then during my first night in Yantai, hence why I have missed Day three.
I suppose the one upside to being ill is that I was able to have some assistance in the form of a wheel chair and someone to push me. This meant that I was able to jump to the front of the queue for immigration.
I shall be living in a city called Yantai (see map). About 6 million people live in Yantai, with a large Korean population, most likey due to its proximity to both North and South Korea. It is also on the coast and is well known for its fishing. I am living at school (which is located in a block of flats) that my host mum works at. I have my own room and live with a Chinese girl called Anna, who also teaches at the school. My host mum, Sunny and her family only live down the road in another flat.
Due to my stomach bug, I had hurt my back quite a bit so Sunny and Anna took me to have a massage. It did the trick – an odd sensation definity and whilst my back still twinges a bit, it doesn’t hurt as much as it did. We (me, Sunny, Anna, Sunny’s son Eric and Sunny’s mother) went out for lunch to a local restaurant. I didn’t have much of an appetite, but I managed to eat a little bit of everything and they were all impressed with my chopstick skills.
I was incredibly tired after that, as I hadn’t had slept properly in about three days so in the afternoon I had a nap before going to dinner at Sunny’s.
So that was my first full day in China. More tomorrow!