So feel as if I have accomplished an amazing feat: I ate spaghetti with chopsticks! A friend of mine discovered a new dining place on campus called Hollywood. He took us there the other night and I thought I had died and gone to heaven. They have a variety of foods from all over the world including spaghetti, chicken parmesan, fried chicken, fries, bacon and cheese covered rice, stir-fry, sushi, and a variety of noodle dishes. Another plus, it is cheap. It is about 15-20yuan per dish. I think I have found a new place for dinner.
In other news, I had my physical today. As you may recall, I had to get a physical in order to apply for my residency permit. It was a lot more invasive than I thought it would be. To get the physical done, I had to visit six different rooms and get a check mark for visiting. First, I had to get blood drawn. Apparently the nurse who was drawing my blood couldn’t find a vain and thus she dug around in my arm for approximately five minutes. Needless to say, it was not how I wanted to start my physical. I then had to get a chest x-ray, an ear, nose and throat exam, and an eye exam. Following this, I had to get an EKG. I felt like Frankenstein’s monster with as many wires and clamps I had hooked up to me. I had something that looked like jumper cables attached to my arms and ankles and rubber stoppers attached to my chest, stomach and legs. Finally, I had a surgical exam. This checked my height, weight and lymph nodes. Unfortunately, I was too tall for their machine and thus I had to have my height taken by tape measure. Now, the guy who went with me was probably 6’4’’. The doctor basically had to get a chair just take his height.
All in all it was an interesting experience but not one that I am looking forward to repeating. I will be glad when all of this is taken care of. Perhaps then I can actually relax.
In other news, I am thinking about doing some networking while in China. Last January, I did some networking in the Portland area. I have kept in contact with the people that I met and many of them are willing to help me find contacts to visit while I am over here. Since I couldn’t do the internship due to my classes conflicting, I decided that I might as well still make a name for myself while I am here. Hopefully I will make some contacts over here and who knows, perhaps it will lead to something greater in the future! Cross your fingers for me!