The First Week

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Alright, so I’ve been here for about a week now. I’m starting to get into a routine here at the orphanage, I broke down and cried for the first time today, and I’m slowly learning my way around.

My daily routine: I get up around 7:30 am, get dressed and ready for the day. I’m out of my room by 8:00 am, then I help feed the kids breakfast. After that I get breakfast myself, which usually consists of a hard boiled egg, a steamed roll, and cooked veggies. Then I go out and play/watch the kids for awhile. Sometimes I’ll go and take pictures, and other times I’ll go work on my computer to pass the time until its time for lunch. I help feed the children lunch at 11:00 am. After the kids eat lunch they get cleaned up and get put down for nap time. Then I eat lunch, which usually consists of rice, and some type of cooked veggies. The kids nap from 12:00 pm-2:30pm, so I have a lot of free time. That’s when I usually work on my computer, work on learning Chinese, or take a nap myself. When the children get up from their nap they come out and play until 4:30 pm then its snack time and music time. After they’re done dancing and listening to music it’s 5:00 pm and it’s time for dinner! I help with feeding dinner and then eat dinner myself, which consists of rice, and cooked veggies (you getting a pattern here?). By dinner time I’m technically “off duty” and the kids start getting bathed, changed into pjs, and go to bed. Then I go to bed around 8:00/9:00 pm and I start the day over again.

So far these are the things I’ve done here:

  1. I’ve taken the subway. If you’ve been to New York and taken the subway there its very similar. It’s usually really crowded, and you get pushed and shoved.
  2. I got to watch someone make homemade noodles and eat them afterward.
  3. I rode a bike through the busy streets of Beijing multiple times. Honestly, it was terrifying the first few times. You have cars, mo-peds, and other bikers zooming passed you. Tip: if you plan on going to china know how to ride a bike or if you haven’t been on a bike in years like me, relearn!
  4. I have gone to a mall here. I forgot that clothes sizes here are super small so I’m like a large in China. The fashion here is different. Woman are always wearing heels everywhere they go, and I have seen a lot of woman wearing dresses, skirts, and denim dresses.
  5. I went and visited another orphanage a couple hours away. That was
  6. I went to a theater in China. It was the Beijing Dance Festival and they preformed a contemporary dance. It was really weird to me.
  7. I went to a couple super markets here. Super markets here have the weirdest things. Lots of eggs, weird meats, weird flavored chips, and so much more.
  8. I went to McDonald’s in China. McDonald’s here is very different than in America. They don’t have water here, they have a lot more food choices here than in America, they also have their own desert counter and McDonald’s delivers here.
  9. I did my laundry here and I had to hang my clothes on a clothes line to dry. (They don’t have dryers here).
  10. I have successfully survived my first week in China!

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