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On the Road: Wehai Part II

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Day II in Wehai:

Thinking bubble "What is WKMS News covering today?"

So, first of all, jet lag lives. Day two of waking up bright eyed at 4:30 a.m. and staving off crashing at 2:00 p.m.  I disobeyed all suggestions of powering through the day to prevent further lag. I dozed for maybe an hour, and so far so good. I’m hoping to push through 10:00 this evening.

Since I last posted we’ve taken a tour of Weihai City, the Beach and Shandong University.

First Stop on City Tour

In other “news” During our tour of campus we learned that housing here and in most Chinese universities is a bit tighter than in the U.S. Many dorms have five or six students per room. And as far as necessities go, the campus has  one major bath house for the entire student body. So, it is very common to see a large group of students walking around with towels and soap dishes into a building near our dormitory. Imagine sharing a bath house with around 15,000 people.

And, if you read my earlier post regarding waiting in line for the library, I can  confirm it is true. I can also confirm that the library is the largest building on campus, 12 floors and full.

That Big Building.. Yep that's the library

Today we had our first “shadow boxing” lesson. It is nothing like boxing, more like miming with a side of kungfu. Technically, it is Tai Chi and our crew put up a good fight, but ultimately ended up looking completely awkward. Documentation of the awkwardness might never be revealed, but cameras were present.  We also had a great culture lesson from our fearless leader Issac. And we learned a bit of calligraphy. The photo below is work from our teacher. My work might best be compared with the artistic ability of an infant.

Wonderful Ornate Work from our Calligraphy Teacher

We topped off the evening with a wonderful meal and the first round of our presentations to students regarding Murray State. One of my colleagues, Dana Howard, is also blogging. See more here: Dana Discovers China

Jet Lag is starting to win again.

Chad

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Written by Chad Lampe

May 20, 2011 at 9:36 am

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  1. Love the photos Chad! Eat some great Chinese food for me! And if you encounter any bugs on a stick… just dip it in some ketchup, tastes like a french fry. 🙂

    Matt Markgraf

    May 21, 2011 at 8:17 pm


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