People have been asking me what an average day is like here in Hainan. I guess there really isn’t an average day other than I run errands and hang out with friends. It is like being in Columbus Ohio but on a Tropical Island in China…and without the punk rockers. I miss my punx ;-)
I’ll give you yesterday which again is atypical and typical in its atypicall-iness.
I awoke around 6 am and was jet lagged from the flight. We have exactly a 12 hour time difference from Ohio. I bummed around my room a bit until about 630am when the cafeteria opened. I like the school cafeteria and eat most my meals there. Breakfast is my favorite meal. They sell sweet soft fresh baked doughy breads with coconut, red bean paste, and other sweet fillings, as well as noodles, porridge, hard boiled eggs, and piping hot soy milk. I had breakfast with 3 friends. Shao a local Hainan girl who is applying for grad schools now, Louie a guy from northern China who I met at the gym and is graduating this semester too, and Saverio an Italian guy who is in my Chinese class. Of all my friends I tend to hang out the most with Saverio and Louie.
After breakfast with the gang, I skipped class that I have from 740am until 1140am and went home to nap. “Home” is dorm room think of it as a studio apartment with the luxury of hot water and air conditioning. Chinese students have neither of those luxury goods and are six to a room.
I chilled out at home and cleaned up a bit and then went to meet my American friend Markham. He was going to help me with getting my internet turned back on (his Chinese is much better than mine) and then have lunch with some other foreign students. When I say foreign students I mean not Chinese students.
After lunch I headed out to get a massage with Saverio and a British dude whose name I can’t recall. I love getting massages and do it a few times a week. After massage I went to the grocery store to shop for bed sheets and some other household goods. I ran these errands while driving my “ebike” or “electronic bike” it is like a mini motorcycle, something like a Vespa, and it runs on electricity. I headed back to campus and realized I’d underestimated the time when I noticed the gym was open and my friends Norm and Louie were mingling outside the front of it.
I stopped in to lift a little bit with my friend Norm who is a triathlete from Colorado and then I ran a few laps on the track with my friend Ajun. Ajun holds the school record in the 5km and 800m. I headed home after the quick workout to shower and change for dinner.
Dinner was had in the school cafeteria with a large group of Chinese friends including Lester Chinglish who helped me start a philosophy club here. (Please, help me out; I am accepting suggestions on readings).
I am too tired to continue writing about the rest of the day but that’s pretty much what every day is like. It changes, in that some days I play soccer, volleyball, basketball, badminton, ping pong, or pool. Some days I go to class, sometimes I go to parties, some days I lay in the sun on a yoga mat and read.