Thursday, June 28, 2007

Updates Pending

Unlike my continual promises for a RavenCon update, you can expect a more detailed update from me soon. ISU is one of those strange places where time dilates and contracts at the same time. It is really hard to believe that I have only been here for 5 days, yet I know that the summer is going to fly by. Things are already beginning to fill the hours. On top of all of the hectic (and fantastic) ISU activities, we also are surrounded by Beijing. There is so much to see, so much to do. There is not enough time.

I came here alone, not having met any of the students in advance. While that is a bit intimidating, everyone is friendly and you never feel alone. I am rather glad that I came alone. (Or perhaps with one other person I already knew.) If I already knew a lot of people, I may have felt more comfortable socializing with that group than meeting the other students.

The weather here is VERY HOT, VERY HUMID, and VERY POLLUTED. There is a lot of walking and you definitely feel like you need a shower at the end of every day.

On a more logistical note, I can't access my blog directly from China. All of my updates are going to be coming through e-mail, so please excuse any typos. I think that I will be able to upload pictures, but not until I get internet access in my room. 

I miss everyone back home, but I am having a great time here with all of my new friends. Please leave me a comment and let me know that you are there.

10 comments:

Tony & Trina said...

We're thrilled to hear that you're abroad & enjoying it! Take care!

Evo Terra said...

Roger, China 1... we read you loud and clear. Over:

E.

Cmaaarrr!!! said...

Rather glad you came alone, eh? I see how you are... :)

Here's to getting the in-room Interwebs set up, and Skype along with it. The phone bill for this past week is going to be intimidating.

Kelley said...

Have fun. I'll definitely be checking in periodically.

cfatig said...

Spent a week on the West coast of Ireland after the workshop. The opposite of what you have, clean air, cool temperatures, and rain.

zilram said...

Soooo excited for you and SOOOOOOOOO jealous !!!
Be safe. God Bless

Yooper said...

Nice meeting you at the pool party!! Enjoy China and your adventure.

Yooper

Jessica said...

I'm watching! Hope you have a lovely lovely time!

(Good thing you had Firefly to give you that basic understanding of Chinese catchphrases, dong ma? Also useful: gen houzi bi diushi)

Handy pdf full of bad words!
http://web.missouri.edu/~heivilinj/Firefly/Firefly-Mandarin.pdf

William said...

Glad to hear that you made it okay, and that you think the ISU schedule thus far has been fantastic! Looking forward to reading all the updates...

-W

Marie said...

Sounds like loads of fun. I am glad you are enjoying it.