This year, I am posting old letters that I sent to my family and friends when I was living in China. As I don’t really have many photos to go with the discussion points in this short letter, there is a random assortment of pictures that were taken around the time that this letter was written.
Written in mid-May 2007.
I know it’s been awhile since I sent an update. It has been really busy. Also, I’ve pretty much adjusted to the culture so the novelty of things to share with you is wearing off. Let’s see….
My Chinese is improving. Everyone says that I have excellent pronunciation. Unfortunately, I think my ability to speak proper English is suffering. It’s very important to speak clear and slow English with my colleagues. Sometimes I know that I am talking too fast or using words or expressions that they don’t understand, but I just keep jabbering on. And bless their hearts, they nod and smile and pretend to understand exactly what I’m talking about. Oh and they get so excited when I say anything in Chinese.
Doris became a good friend during my time in Shenzhen.
We took a trip to the beach a few weeks ago with other managers at the hotel. It was nice to walk in the sand. The beach was pretty. And the food they fed us was delicious.
I hate mosquitoes because they love me. But I’ve discovered a way to get revenge. I purchased an “electronic bug trap” at Wal-Mart. It looks like a tennis racket, and with the aid of two double A batteries it produces an electronic current that zaps the little suckers. You can see them frying on the wires and the big ones even pop. Great fun. Use with caution though…a friend of mine zapped himself pretty good! He flinches anytime one of those things comes near him now.
That’s all for now! Love ya all!
And as promised, random pictures from a trip to Hong Kong and a going away celebration….
Amy, Todd, and me – in Hong Kong – May 6, 2007
The busy streets of Hong Kong – May 6, 2007
Amy squared – Hong Kong backdrop – May 6, 2007
Hong Kong – May 6, 2007
A champagne toast to the other Amy on night 2 of her going away festivities. (Mid-May 2007)