Lunch. Lunch consists of something very Chinese at a place that has pictures so I can point and motion to what I want. Otherwise, it’s no good, because I don’t speak the language …yet.

But lunch consists of chopsticks and some sort of rice dish.

Today I had a pancake like bread fried in egg stuffed with fried (ish) rice along with a seaweed salad.

How the Chinese stay so skinny, I have no idea.


Another crazy adjustment. BATHROOMS! How fun right?!

Here squat toilets are  a thing. Any public bathroom you can almost guarantee a squat toilet. Squat toilets are just that…. a hole in the floor and squat!

Westernized toilets are a rare find in public and when you do find one you know it is going to be a good day!

The other strange part that is hard to adjust to is you carry your own toilet paper, or tissue as it is referred to here. Didn’t bring your own? Well too bad, so sad. You are out of luck.

Tissue is also used to dry your hands after you wash that. So next time you wash your hands take some toilet paper and dry them off. ….yeah, not so pleasant!

Lucky for me work has westernized toilets. Yes, they are child sized; but they are still there!


So let me begin by saying this: I hate heights, I hate elevators. They make me dizzy, sick, nauseas, and anxious.

 Which brings me to my next statement: That fear doesn’t work in China. It is filled with skyscrapers stacked upon skyscrapers stacked upon skyscrapers. There is no room for anything else.

 My apartment, thankfully, is ONLY 13 stories up (I live in a building of 35). Crazy to believe that a week ago I was having a panic attack at the thought of my apartment being 7 stories up.

 China is forcing me to overcome fears and to find out that really, it’s not that bad! In fact there are some pretty darn amazing views. Amazing what happens when you are forced out of your comfort zone.

As AWOLNATION puts it “never let your fear decide your fate.