Monday, July 10, 2006

First day of the Chinese program

Our first chance to post a brief update.

We arrived safely in Beijing on Friday evening local time. Our trip was uneventful, and this time, we did not get delayed in Tokyo. We used the weekend to get some utilities connected and we're basically settled in my grandmother's Beijing apartment, which is north of Tiananmen Square and the Forbidden City, near the Third Ring Road.

Today, Starla and I started the first day of our Chinese class. Right now, we're in their office waiting on the results of our placement test to see which class we would be placed in. We've met our teachers and some of our classmates. They're from all over the world. The class officially begins tomorrow.

The weather has been crazy. The days have been hot, hazy, and humid, while the nights are filled with incredibly loud thunderstorms that keep waking us up, so it hasn't been easy to sleep well.

It looks like the class schedule is almost ready. We hope to write more later.

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