Today is a Saturday in Yueyang, Hunan, China. However, I am sitting at a table in the gymnasium at work greeting the freshmen as they arrive. Correction – the freshmen are staring at me because I am a foreigner, but most are too afraid to come talk to me. So I am blogging and rereading The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo by Stieg Larsson once again.
Even though dragging myself to work and sitting here for 10 hours today makes for a 73 hour work week this week, it’s not too bad. The English teacher who is the primary translator was gracious and helpful enough to bring instant coffee for me (just so you know, coffee is practically unheard of in China – a sad, sad thought for caffeine-addicted Americans like me). When I was first introduced to instant coffee in China upon my very jet-lagged request for coffee, I scoffed at the thought. I drink black coffee (real black coffee – no cream, no sugar) in the US. I admit that I used to frequent the likes of Starbucks, Panera, and Grounds for Thought, along with the occasional trip to Caribou Coffee when I was around one. My favorite breakfast is actually a double tall non-fat latte with a cranberry orange scone. Or perhaps some raspberry swirl loaf if I am feeling adventurous. Anyway, all this to say that I enjoy a good cup of coffee. But after two weeks with no caffeine, instant coffee suddenly possesses a deliciousness that it previously lacked. Never fear my friends – upon my return to any country with coffee shops, I will drink great coffee once more! But for now, instant coffee makes life here bearable.
What isn’t so bearable are the flies. While they are normally not a problem, quite possibly because my apartment is on the 6th floor of my building, they are certainly a nuisance today. I have one fly bite on my neck and at least three on my arms. I am constantly swatting them away. Ugh. Who knew that flies really bite anyway?
As for my blogging… well while I dream of being a professional writer, I know that my writing can be improved. And what better way to improve blogging than to read other fantastic blogs? In my quest to find said blogs, I have been checking out WordPress’s Freshly Pressed. To my great delight, I found a blog that I quite enjoy the other day! It is www.katrichterwrites.wordpress.com. The author is funny, insightful, and clever. I hope to someday write as well as she does and captivate my audience.