I have now been living in Shenzhen for just over one week. School starts tomorrow, so today I have been lesson planning like a serious adult but for the other 8 days I have been running around and exploring everything I possibly could. If you would like to see how large Shenzhen is visit GoogleEarth and searth CTLC Shenzhen Map. You will be able to find my name in the left-hand column to show you where I am respective to the other teachers and the rest of the city.
So far we have visited the western bars and clubs in an area called SeaWorld. This bears no resemblance to Sea World but is rather named for the fact that it is build over the Sea between China and Hong Kong. There are many restaurants serving non-chinese food, if you are interested, a whore-house, Subway, some small stands with pirated DVD’s (already picked up Eclipse) and a couple clubs which we have already frequented. One is named X-Ta-Sea (creative, no?), which has an out-of-this-world Philippino cover band. Lots of Led Zeppelin, Jimmy Hendrix, Lady Gaga thrown in once in a while. The first time we went, my British friend Al, was air-guitaring it up in the middle of a song and the bass player comes up to the table and throws the shoulder strap around Al and gives him control of the thing. After Al realized it was in fact playing music he managed to pull off a pretty good strap of music to end the song with.
We always finish the night with a charming little club called “dclub”. There are some conjectures about the meaning of that ‘d’, most people seem to agree that it means ‘death’ because the person who leaves is definitely not the same as the one who entered. The alternative is ‘d for dignity’ because no one leaves the place with their dignity intact. Either way you look at it, this place is always a bad idea, but people still love it. We have been twice so far and I really cannot recreate the stories with words for you so here are a few key words to get your imagination going: topless men, 10 for $100 Kuai tequilla shots, top of the tallest building in sight, sleeping on sidewalks, hungry at 4am=buying pig feet. I don’t want anyone to get scared, everyone made it home just fine after all that.
I have experienced the Chinese Walmart (terrifying), going to out with a small group in Futian (taking over of bars), New York style pizza (huge chunks of pineapple make me so happy), first birthday of the group (horrible massage experience from 1:45am-6am), catching up on sleep during the day (haven’t done THAT since college), touring Jenna’s school and giving her a tour of mine (both have interesting amenities), watching Tai Chi in the park by my house (thinking of just standing at the back and seeing whether they ask me to join or leave), hiking the Shan (mountain) twice, visiting Boa’an to see where our guys friends live (they had an itinerary all planned out…adorable), bowling in Boa’an and getting competitive (Steve and I have suspended our friendship during all competitive activities), Lunch with girlfriends (lots of things to learn), nice nights out for conversations over dinner (I love the people we are with), discovering new clubs (places close and reopen faster than you can learn them), wandering off on my own and finding great food (maybe unsanitary), sitting through 2 hour teacher meetings in Chinese (which I still do not understand very well), and getting prepared for meeting my students (excited and nervous).
Next weekend we are going to the district Yantian, which has the beach and supposedly hosts a new moon festival during the full moon that is a lot of fun. But until then I am Jessy lao shur (teacher). I will let you know how that goes!