All In a Day

8 Sep

So after enjoying a complete week here in Beijing, I’m learning new things each and every day.

For instance, I’ve learned that:

Owners enjoying walking their dogs without leashes

It’s culturally acceptable for both men and women to hack and spit in public

Young girls, teenagers, and women enjoy walking hand in hand down the street

Drivers can pull their car up on the sidewalk and park because everyone does it

Vehicles do not yield to pedestrians – when crossing the road you fear for your life – literally! 🙂

Women wear heels practically everywhere and for anything – very surprising!

Public bathrooms are everywhere around the city not just in restaurants and shopping malls – but you’re lucky if you find one with an actual toilet

It is not customary to drink with your meal and you do not use napkins

Drinking water is on the warmer side rather than the cooler side

Self-tanning lotion is popular in America but it’s “whitening” lotion that is popular here in China

There’s a lot of other things that are different and new to me but most of all, I’ve learned that I can love this part of the country and I especially LOVE the children!

Next post, I’ll update you with some fantastic pictures of MY kiddos! 🙂

Area of the city where I live

the “Bird’s Nest” that I pass on my way to school every day. (This is the stadium where the 2008 Olympics were held)

Every morning, the garbage is gathered

This is our “walmart” type of store that we shop at: B Wonderful 🙂

Exercising in the park

A bike repair stand on the side of the road

If you want to cross, you’ve got to dart across the street! Everyone fends for themselves! 🙂

the “farmer’s market” where I love to buy fruits and veggies on my morning walk

Sometimes translations can be amusing


5 Responses to “All In a Day”

  1. Anne Williams September 8, 2010 at 7:54 am #

    So glad to hear about your adventures, Sara! Everything you mentioned sounds so familiar because it’s the same way in Thailand… must be an Asian thing. 🙂 It’s hard to NOT love the people, isn’t it? Keep the updates coming!

  2. Vanessa September 8, 2010 at 12:19 pm #

    So beautiful!! I love hearing about life over there! What an adventure of a lifetime!!

  3. April Olivia September 8, 2010 at 9:27 pm #

    It’s great to see where you are living Sara, and that you are doing well. I think of you often!

  4. Victoria September 8, 2010 at 10:01 pm #

    I find it amazing that we always want to get darker while “darker” skinned people want to get lighter. Apparently, they do odd things in Uganda to appear light-skinned. A lesson in contentment there somewhere:)

    I think I’d stay on one side of the street at all times…:)

    It looks like a beautiful place and can’t wait to see your children. Praying!!

  5. Sally September 9, 2010 at 7:36 pm #

    How very interesting! You sound like you are enjoying being there very much. Good for you!!!!!

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