I need to find better titles for these things, haha.
MIDTERMS WEEK. UGH.
I spent all of last weekend plus all of this week preparing for tests. My 综合 was on Thursday and my 口语 and 听力were both on Friday.
Tuesday I ate the rest of the food Helen got in preparation for my midterms.
Not...the best idea.
Something didn't agree with me too entirely much. I can't say I can pin it on the food Helen brought back because I did eat some meat from the cafeteria as well. But this time, the meat looked...soggy? And I went there around when the cafeteria started to open, so it's not like it's been sitting there for forever. Even then, I only nibbled a very little bit because the 'meat' is mostly fat/skin.
Whatever it was punched my stomach in its figurative face later that night. I was the barest hint of nauseated, but mostly had a stomach ache. The sucky thing was was that as I was going to bed, I could *feel* my GI tract's downward spiral into doom. After a few minutes of laying down, my stomach started to feel funny, then it went into hurt-mode. I was up for maybe 40 some minutes, at least, trying to ride it out. I was out of my knock off pepto bismal tablet things ( I need to find some in China...). Considering it was already past 1 in the morning, I didn't get to sleep until sort of late
The following morning, Wednesday, my stomach was still a little pissy so I skipped my first class. I'm never too opposed to skip 口语, to be honest, haha. I mean, I don't skip because I don't feel like going. The only other time I missed class was when I was getting over a cold. The last thing I needed was to be out in Beijing winter weather and passing along my germs.
I went to my 听力 class that started at 10am. I spent up until that moment studying. I had to use my time wisely, not just piss it off with midterms so close. I was SO out of it during my 10am class. I woke up early that morning thinking I was going to my 8am class, but when I didn't, I never went back to sleep. Coupled with the fact I only got 4-ish hours of sleep...yeah. But I had a feeling my 听力 teacher was going to do a review (which she did, ha) so I went.
Thursday was my 综合 test, easy as pie. That and the teacher is really awesome and nice. I'm considering asking her for a letter or recommendation for an internship I'm trying out for when I get back to the States :D
Friday was a not so good day.
I had 口语 first and was in the first group to go. I knew I would be in the first group because during those annoying fill in the blank out loud things she has us do, I almost always volunteer to go first :/
It was all oral, no writing. We went in about two at a time and she gave us a sheet. The first part was just reading the sentences in Chinese. Easy. The next part, she gave us a few sentences and wanted us to use the given grammar to restate it. The last part was a short speech on one of the topics using either 7 vocab words or 3 types of grammar that we learned. I picked the "talk about an experience". I think I kind of went off topic ( a few other people felt they went off topic). I dunno, I told her about my experience in Beijing. That counts as one, right? Let's pretend it does. I'm SO envious of the people who got "what type of weather do you like?" or "talk about Chinese food". GAH! I would have KILLED for a food topic! I love talking about that stuff :P
Anywho, after that, I studied a bit for 听力. I was kind of out of it by that point, and gave up about half an hour in. I studied a for it a bit the day before, but how do you study for a listening test? Well, besides listening to the convo tapes over and over.
There was this melancholy atmosphere over the class, haha.
That's all I'm willing to say about that day. Midterms suck no matter what country you're in. Bleh.
Saturday relieved most of the stress the week had built up. Me and a few of my classmates went to the 798 Art District! Before that, we had lunch at this really nice looking Korean restaurant. I'd forgotten just how good Korean food is. Yummm!!!
At 798, artist in me was SO very happy <3 Most of the buildings are these old warehouses and you can still see the construction sites in some parts. I LOVE construction sites. Anything with lots of metal and detailed architecture. We also went to a few art galleries that had some amazing art.
Ah~ I love the atmosphere of that place!!! I love the streets and buildings...the cafes and shops. I'm definitely taking another trip there!
AHH! I love it so much! I'm really not trying to hype it up or over exaggerate, but it really is an awesome place to be, especially if you love art. Art is just....*squeal* it's all over the place! Installation art, hanging art, the whole 9. We didn't even get to see everything because it's a fairly expansive place, but from what did see is enough to have me coming back for more. Next go round I will buy a few things from the shops :D
LOVE. Although, I think it was fairly dangerous that the district had some for real construction sites and we were kind of walking next to it without hardhats....
If you're ever in Beijing, this destination is a MUST. Expect to see a good bit of foreigners, but other than that, it's not too, too crowded. I mean, it's not empty, but you're not pulling your hair out in frustration because of obscenely large crowds.
I had so much fun! Afterwards, we had to walk back to the bus station. It took about 20 minutes and it was getting pretty chilly. Jing Hui, one of the older students in our class (although she looks 20 something) treated us to some snacks. She also treated us to the wonderful feast of Korean food we had earlier. She's so nice :D Once we got on the bus, it was a good hour ride back to Wudaokou outside of campus.
The bus driver was pretty...well, crappy. He kept jerking to a stop. Like, you could tell he was already braking normally, then for whatever reason, he'd put some unnecessary amount of force on the brake and we'd all be jerked back and forth. I've been in Chinese public transportation before. I've been in taxis, busses, and subways, but never have I experienced anything like this. I'm not one to complain and I tend to roll with the punches, but this was different. I was standing for the ride, it was extremely crowded, and about fifteen minutes in, the constant jerking motions was making me nauseated. I tried to hold out and seriously thought about getting off at the next stop and just taking a taxi ride back. I could feel my heart rate speeding up and I tried closing my eyes and breathing deeply. As a last resort, I asked one of my classmates who was sitting near me if I could take his seat for a few minutes since I was feeling sick. I felt really bad because he was still getting over a hurt ankle and all the walking we did at 798 had some wear and tear on his healing.
Almost immediately after sitting down I felt much better.
After we got off, which was another fifteen minutes that I wouldn't have been able to keep my stomach contents in had I kept standing, my class mate let out a frustrated growl, "That was the WORST bus driver EVER!" We all laughed because it was true :/ I was glad I wasn't the only one who felt that way. Well, he wasn't the worst driver, but we all could have done without him constantly slamming on the breaks.
We took a taxi back to campus since it was too cold to walk and because our classmate had a hurt ankle. Now we have a running joke about busses in Beijing, haha.