We haven’t done a whole lot other than get settled in since arriving, but I figured I should share something about that.
I will admit that our first night involved me breaking down crying. The trip over was crazy stressful, as can be seen in the last post, and my whole everything had just had it by the end. I continued to be jet-lagged for a whole week. Which was uck.
But! Our sponsors took really good care of us. Our first full day in country, they took us shopping at the big supermarket, showed us where the “wet market” (more on that later) was, and helped us get both our cell phones and subway cards set up. Shout out to them for that.
In most ways, the difference between here and Togo is night and day. Some pictures from either our apartment or nearby to demonstrate:
That’s a Ferrari and Maserati dealership, next to a each other, inside the courtyard of our apartment complex. I’ve also seen Rolls Royce and Bentley dealerships.
The Pearl River.
Our street at night!
One thing that felt kind of familiar, but just MUCH bigger, was the “wet market.” That’s where you can buy fresh vegetables right from someone who brought them in. Oh, but you can buy so much more, including living seafood and fresh meat. (Mostly pork, but hey, it’s China.) I believe it may be the Teacher’s favorite thing so far.
We’ve also found some great local food, which makes me very happy. Overall, we’re settling in, and we’re doing well. Our apartment is beautiful, our neighborhood is wonderful, and we’re very happy.