March 5. The days grow ever more continuous during class days. It’s a positive repetitiveness, but it sometimes leaves me craving to travel more. Mandarin is as difficult as ever, but I am concentrating intently during lessons and thoroughly completing my homework (which is now present). Christen quickly rose to the top of the class and is now the teacher’s pet, though not without reason. She studied Mandarin for 2 years when she was in high school, which leaves David and I at a disadvantage. We have also moved our housing to the Sunny Lodge in the town of Old Dali. It’s much cozier than staying at the University. They have softer beds and sympathize more with tourists than locals. The owner here speaks excellent English and is helpful whenever we need to know our way about the town. Two cute, friendly dogs also stroll around the property, which I see as an added bonus. Maybe I will have to break up these continuous days with a few Taekwondo lessons in the afternoons, but for now, I am content.
Photos of China have finally been uploaded to my Picasa slideshow! Sorry for the wait.