Nothing was going well last week so I refrained from writing a blog post. This week thankfully things are going much better and as of Wednesday 13th September I started to enjoy living in Beijing. I joined a speech club, started Chinese lessons, won a free ticket to a Pizza Festival, and got an air purifier.
I attended a Toastmasters meeting for the first time. I think Toastmasters is quirky (they tap on the table when someone says the word of the week – cringe) but I will keep going as the people were lovely and I’m interested in improving my public speaking skills (TED Talks here I come).
“I’ve been starving myself all week for this.” – Overheard in a queue at the Pizza Festival
Pepperoni pizza is the sole reasons I’m not 100% vegetarian. So you can imagine I was overjoyed when I won a ticket to the 2017 Beijing Pizza Festival. When I got there I made sure to eat every kind of pizza that I could.
Number 1 on the menu: spinach and tofu pizza
Number 2 on the menu: cranberry pizza
Number 3 on the menu: cheese pizza
My favourite was the cranberry pizza as it also included banana and pineapple. The banana was especially delicious. A close second was the cheese pizza. And as much as I love tofu I’d never eat it on a pizza again, however the spinach was lush.
Funnily enough I didn’t fancy any pepperoni pizza today as I was looking to try new flavours. There was one other pizza I was hoping to try but after queuing for 30 minutes, and still being at the back of the queue, I gave up. Nothing, even pizza, is worth waiting that long for.
On Monday I begin my first week of teaching. I’m teaching 4 writing classes and 4 speaking classes. I can’t wait to meet the students. Fingers crossed all goes well.
Here are photos of some funny things I saw this week.
Parking in Beijing
Haunted house inside Walmart
They even added sound effects, with staff saying spooky words, and “smoke” produced by putting a fan behind a room humidifier.