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Nanjing

Ok, I've talked about it, but now I'm actually doing it.


I decided to start from my start. I took quite a few pictures of things in the beginning that caught my eye, but were considered totally normal by the time I left. Unless I say otherwise, assume that the picture was taken in Nanjing or on the road there.


This is a subway entrance. Really. I sometimes think China based it's decorating ideas off of Las Vegas.


Phallic much? This was at a mausoleum of some famous dude (see why I should have made these posts sooner?).


Burtace Cleaner... yes.... We bought it thinking it would work like Windex, but it *soooo* didn't.


This was the street sign for where I lived. If you go past that sign, turn left down a dark ally, and then walk through the ickiest stairways I've ever seen up 4 flights you'd be at our apartment.


These icky stairs actually. At night night the lights wouldn't turn on unless you made a lot of noise, so it was especially fun at night.


Outside our local meat market they had all these little buckets of snakes. If you wanted to buy one, you had the choice of taking it home live or having them cut the heads off for you. *shudders* I seriously couldn't go in there, it smelled way too bad.


This is where we actually did most of our shopping. Not that it wasn't special at times. I was so happy to find out that they used number numbers and not Chinese characters.


This was also on our street. I was told that we were kind of living on the Madison Ave of Nanjing, so it's a little bit more spiffy than most roads.


A random shot from our walk home from work.

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munchkinofdoom
Jul. 4th, 2007 02:54 am (UTC)
Cackles at the Budweiser and KFC signs!

The last shot is lovely, and could be anywhere!

Looking forward to more of these.
paraka
Jul. 4th, 2007 04:25 pm (UTC)
Oh there were KFCs everywhere. I'd say on every street corner, but sometimes there was more than ine per street corner! Kind of like Starbucks. I actually spent most of my time in China living off of KFC. We'd eat there at least 4 times a week.
maekala
Jul. 6th, 2007 09:47 pm (UTC)
So did you speak any of the language? I don't if you've ever mentioned why you went there (that I've seen). I have a friend who will be headed to China (no clue where) because he's studying Chinese at the University of Utah.
paraka
Jul. 9th, 2007 04:52 pm (UTC)
So did you speak any of the language?
Gods no. I figured out how to ask for common food, and say "I don't understand" really well, but mostly that was it. I also knew how to count, but I only knew in the Beijing dialect, not in the local dialect, so it did me absolutely no good.

I don't if you've ever mentioned why you went there (that I've seen).
:P Yeah, I talked about it a lot at the time, but not since you've friended me I don't think. Basically I was running away from home. I knew that if I didn't get away from all the shit that was happening I was going to kill someone, most likely me.
maekala
Jul. 10th, 2007 06:57 pm (UTC)
I also knew how to count, but I only knew in the Beijing dialect, not in the local dialect, so it did me absolutely no good.
Don't you just love it when dialects turn out to be completely different? It's like when I try to take my rudimentary knowledge of High Arabic and listen to people talking in dialect...doesn't work too well.

Basically I was running away from home.
Quite a ways to run. But it sounds reasonable. My father ran away from home when he was a teenager and joined the army and went to Vietnam. Too bad that I was 9-12 when I wanted to run away...there weren't that many places I could actually get to. I hope things are going better now.
paraka
Jul. 10th, 2007 08:57 pm (UTC)
Don't you just love it when dialects turn out to be completely different?
Oh it's *completely* different. In fact, I went travelling with my bosses a couple times (in which my job was to sit there and look foreign :P) and one of them would occasionally lean over and tell me she couldn't really understand what they were saying. The really interesting thing is that, no matter what dialect you speak, you still write the same. For example (the only one I know) In Beijing "a little" is (and I'm just spelling this as it sounds since I suck at pinyin) "E-dee-arre" in Wu where we lived it's pronounced "E-dee-En dee-en" It's not just a matter of a different pronouciation, but it's got like a second word involved. But regarless, in both Beijing and Wu they're "spelt" the same (they're not really as big on phonetic spelling).

Quite a ways to run. But it sounds reasonable.
Yeah, I wasn't even living at home at the time I decided to leave, so I knew I had to go far. Living on the otherside of Toronto just wasn't far enough. So Asia it was. :)

Too bad that I was 9-12 when I wanted to run away...there weren't that many places I could actually get to.
Oh god, I ran away a few time when I was 11-13. Except I live in this little hick town, where I'd have to walk for *hours* to get anywhere, so I was never able to run away for long. :P

I hope things are going better now.
It's better. A lot of the problems are still there, but my family doesn't pressure me nearly as much because they're afraid I'll do it again. And also they've come to realize it doesn't work all that great with me.
maekala
Jul. 10th, 2007 09:20 pm (UTC)
It's not just a matter of a different pronouciation, but it's got like a second word involved.
I think I'd just give up right there. It's one thing to have a slight difference in pronunciation, but at least it's still the same word. "Houston" is the classic example for me. If you watch Law and Order at all (or actually know anyone from NY), they pronounce it how-ston. In Texas, it's hoo-ston. I remember it threw me the first time I heard them talking about it on SVU.

So Asia it was. :)
Personally, I would have chosen Europe, but I've heard getting work visas is incredibly difficult. And I'm not sure my grades would really get me in at any of the schools.

Oh god, I ran away a few time when I was 11-13.
The best I was able to manage was to go about a block and a half to this little park and hide in the "woods." It was just a little wooded area with a bunch of trails and stuff, but I knew the area like the back of my hand and you couldn't find me back there when I decided to be alone. Scared the *shit* out of my mother because the neighbourhood was already getting to be kinda crappy. Other than that, the best I could do was hop on the A&M (college) bus and go to campus and from there around town.

It's better. A lot of the problems are still there, but my family doesn't pressure me nearly as much because they're afraid I'll do it again.
So did you *tell* them you were going to China? Or was it like a phone call from the terminal? That's one thing that I had to teach my mother, there are some things in my life that she really doesn't want me to talk about because they'll disturb her to no end. My SI being first and foremost. That definitely caused some issues while we were still working through it.
paraka
Jul. 10th, 2007 11:54 pm (UTC)
"Houston" is the classic example for me. If you watch Law and Order at all (or actually know anyone from NY), they pronounce it how-ston. In Texas, it's hoo-ston. I remember it threw me the first time I heard them talking about it on SVU.
You'd probably laugh at the way I pronounce it then, because I'm pretty sure I don't say it anything like hoo-ston.
It's the same thing here with Toronto. No Canadian, at least not any who's ever lived near or in Toronto pronounces the second T. It's Torono, or Torana but *never* Toronto. God, it feels weird just saying it in my head.

Personally, I would have chosen Europe
Oh yeah, I didn't go to China because I had any great want to be there, it was because it was one of the only places I could easily get a job. It is *so* hard to get a job in Europe if you're not European. And well, it wouldn't have been a very good job at running away if I always had to call my parents for money :S

and hide in the "woods."
Hah! I did that too! I was totally planning on camping out, but well, I jumped out of my second floor window and twisted my ankle, it started to rain, and then just as I found a semi-decent place in the forest I fox walks across my foot. That was it for me. :P

Or was it like a phone call from the terminal?
That was my original plan. Just announce a few days in advance that I was leaving for China, but I told my sisters who told me that if I didn't tell our parents and tell them now, they would. It ended up working better though, because then I didn't have my parents on my back about school like they would have been otherwise.
maekala
Jul. 11th, 2007 05:54 pm (UTC)
You'd probably laugh at the way I pronounce it then, because I'm pretty sure I don't say it anything like hoo-ston
Thinking on it, it's not exactly hoo-ston...more like hugh-ston.

No Canadian, at least not any who's ever lived near or in Toronto pronounces the second T. It's Torono, or Torana but *never* Toronto.
I think I've actually heard it pronounced like that once or twice. But that happens anywhere. We have a few dinky little towns around here that are always a dead giveaway about whether ot not someone is from the area. There's Mexia, pronounced me-hea if you're from this area and with the x if you're not and Bedias where it's kind of run together and there's not strong syllable. Elsewhere, they emphasize the first syllable and make it bee-dize.

Hah! I did that too! I was totally planning on camping out
I never tried to camp because I *knew* there were people there that would do some mean things while I was asleep. But I did spend hours out there. I could never figure out a good place to camp that wasn't obvious and would be checked immediately beyond campus and I was pretty sure UPD would catch me if I tried that.
paraka
Jul. 11th, 2007 08:49 pm (UTC)
Thinking on it, it's not exactly hoo-ston...more like hugh-ston
That sounds closer to how I pronounce it.

I think I've actually heard it pronounced like that once or twice. But that happens anywhere.
Yeah, once my dad visited New Orleans and was mocked by a waitress.

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