I did the only reasonable thing, which was attempt to discover the most efficient walking route back to my room. Not easy without a proper map, but I had the campus map, a tourist map, and a vague recollection of what I had seen on googlemaps. I am sorely hopeless without my iphone map function. Anyway, I did a considerable amount of rambling around, but did finally get home.
|Peacock Pansy Butterfly|
For lunch I had some sort of donburi. I had been seeing this character in various places (including my comic book): 丼. So when I saw it on the menu of the little restaurant I went into, I decided to order it. It's egg, onion, and meat over rice. I had 豬丼, which is pork. When I got home I looked up how to pronounce the character (I think in this context it is dan). Learn something new every day,
Well, cross that one off the list of places to try, I guess.
All afternoon, the weather had been unsettled. Still hot, but with sudden strong gusts of wind. In the evening, the storm finally broke and went on all night: huge claps of thunder, heavy rains. I was pretty happy about it and tried to turn off the AC and open my windows. However, it did not actually cool off very much and given the slight gap between the screen and the glass I was worried about mosquitoes getting in.
Today was the actual school orientation. I woke up reasonably early... but somehow got distracted and didn't leave until 8:30. This should have been plenty of time, but again I failed to quite find the most efficient route. Gotta work on that! Tomorrow for sure! I did get there exactly on time, and many other people were later than me.
The orientation made me feel old. Like I had been around this block so many times, maybe even like this is one too many. But it's really the last time I'll ever do something like this I'm sure. And it is an impressive setup. Three hours of class per day, two of the hours with a maximum of four students per class, one hour of one-on-one. A language pledge when on school grounds, and draconian rules about missing class or being late. (Must must must work on my route to school...!) I am interested to learn who my classmates will be. One is assigned to classes rather than choosing them, which is novel and kind of fun!
Due to the severity of the storm, the campus tour was cancelled; the university was shut down, as well as all government offices.
I showed her the campus branch of Eslite, where I also bought volume 2 of my comic book. Yep, I actually finished volume 1. It may be the first Chinese book I have read cover-to-cover purely for pleasure. Though of course a comic book may not really count as a book... Now I am home resting, having bought some fruit, chocolate, and black tea along the way.
Last, I am pleased to report that I acquired a battery for the hideous clock. As I suspected, the scallop shell pendulum swings back and forth frenetically, making a dull thud of a ticking sound. So far it does seem to keep time. The eerie light also adds to the overall effect.
|Davy Jones' Clock|