05.08.2010 - 05.08.2010
Water. Today, my life revolved around water. Biologically speaking, every day revolves around water, but that's very much beside the point. At 6:30 AM, I was eating breakfast when my host father and sister informed me that I would not be having class today. Haha...I started writing this 2 hours ago and got distracted because I decided to learn the Spanish lyrics to the World Cup song. Okay, continuing on...so I didn't have school because "the rain will be very big." I thought this meant there was some kind of storm was coming, but then, I found out, floods were predicted according to my teacher. I looked outside and saw that it was barely raining. A few hours later, when it stopped raining entirely rather than getting worse, I came to the comical but likely conclusion that the teachers had exhausted their lesson plans, and banana split an excuse to not teach us today. It was pretty lame, but I wasn't complaining. Except I was a little bummed out because I found this whole thing out AFTER I woke up at 5:20. Joyous. I got a lot of reading done today though. I think I'm going to finish 1984 before the end of the weekend. Anyways, my sister took me swimming at an indoor pool with Tian Tian this afternoon. Chinese pools are strange for a number of reasons. First of all, my sister and her friend told me--while we were in the locker room thing changing because apparently people don't just change at home even though I did because I foresaw such an incident, so while they were telling me this, her friend was completely butt naked except Chinese people don't really have butts so really just regular naked, and I was just thinking why is this naked girl talking to me? why isn't she wearing clothing? seriously?--that I needed a swim cap. Haha. Wasn't that an anti-climatic sentence? I told them that I didn't have money. Lie. I did, but my locker was already closed, and I wasn't about to spend money on something I didn't want anyways. So we went swimming, and they told me that I you yong li hai (swim awesomely). That's kind of funny because I'm not really that awesome, but they barely know how to swim, so I can see why they'd think that. I know strokes well, but I can't swim in a straight line very well. But I can't really walk in a straight line. And sometimes I can't drive in a straight line. Maybe I just move crookedly? It's irrelevant. They had a swimming lesson, so I swam in the lap pool for almost an hour. That was exhausting. After we got out of the pool, we walked into the naked person room again, and they were like, "We need to clean ourselves before we leave." And I was like..."No?" "Wei shenme bu?" (why not) "Um, wo bu xu fu?" I'm uncomfortable. I didn't know how else to convey my longing to NOT participate in this public bathing ordeal. So they let me not shower. Mwahaha. Non-nudity FTW (note for parents/grandparents who don't know such acronyms: this mean for the win). I didn't actually bring clothes to change into anyways. And I didn't bring a towel because I assumed the would be provided. WE ALL KNOW WHAT HAPPENS WHEN YOU ASSUME. Your clothes get wet because you were dumb and didn't bring a towel.
see you chicos y chicas en una semana !
-liu yi han/sara