How on earth did I reach the mid-point in my contract? I have this feeling that at some point my time in China will turn into a hazy memory. However I still definitely have time to make some new memories and to explore. Nanchong is still constantly changing. New “American” bars are opening, though I have no idea whats American about them. Everytime I go to Carrefour there is some new foreign product available. Suddenly there is one hair product for curly hair so my year of bad hair is over. New buildings are being built, gyms are opening, I cut my hair way shorter, you can buy mac and cheese now, a pizza hut is opening. Time is passing and china is changing.
In july I worked a lot. In august I travelled a lot. I like to sum up each month with a summary of the good the bad, and the weird.
Seeing my parents was definitely good. China is such a crazy bizarre world and I’ve felt that I’ll never be able to truly tell people about this strange place, so it was amazing showing my parents the joys of eating hot pot, how strange and awkward encounters with locals can be and how amazingly charming and helpful they can be. .
My social life in Nanchong consists of hanging out with expat boys who are hilarious, wild, and crazy people. Or I hang out with Chinese girlfriends who are sweet and fun. I have a grand time with both groups, but I really miss hanging out with girls from my culture at times. While I travelled I ran into several groups of girls and getting to have basic conversations, like why doesn’t china sell tampons, when did American eagle clothes get so cute, ex-boyfriends and a million other unimportant things. I love my friendships in Nanchong but its rarely that effortless.
While I was gone my apartment got infested by spiders. I’m not scared of spiders and they’ve been mostly smaller then a quarter. However the other night I saw a spider the size of my hand on the ceiling. I seriously thought it was a tarantula at first but it wasn’t so thick. I threw a shoe at it. When it hit the ground it came after me. That spider wanted a fight. I eventually killed it but my friends told me they can get bigger and that I’ll probably get more since its the season for them. China has poisonous spiders.
Joella from This Beijing Life was kind enough to include me in a list of her favorite Expat bloggers. If you want to read some lovely other China blogs as well as blogs from expats around the world, its a good list to check out.