I’ve not really suffered from the ‘I-can’t-wait-for-it-to-be-Friday feeling‘ for the past 3 years. Well, technically 7 years as the weekend starts on Thursday in Bahrain… but I’m assuming that this perpetual longing for days off is the same regardless. So, let’s ignore that little detail. When the total number of lecture hours in a week are so few that you can count them on 2 hands, and a steady stream of essays comes your way, ‘the feeling’ either lasts all week, or never rears its ugly head at all. The latter tended to happen more often than the former. Oh how I loved uni.

My schedule at Fudan, however, requires me to be out of bed by 6:30am, on the metro by 7, and in class by 8. Everyday. Five days a week. I know, how horrible. How am I surviving this sudden shock to my uni/summer-and-freedom-programmed body? Well, to be fair, classes finish at 11:35am on most days. Yes, I know I should stop complaining. I’m secretly loving my half-days and independence in a city as big as Shanghai. But after two weeks of a language that seem more alien to me than, well, green Mars monsters, I felt that I still have the right to celebrate the weekend.

So: Thank God It’s Friday. If only because I can sleep without my alarm pulling me away from my dreams and a break from the construction on the building a meter away from my window. Time to try out more local street ‘restaurants’ like this one:
To eat Tǔdòu sī and Dòufu.


Comments: 3

  1. Monique Van Diemen 21 September, 2012 at 9:45 am Reply

    Geniet van je weekend! Leuk die foto op de achtergrond. Fijn je gesproken te hebben gisteren!

  2. Alina 21 September, 2012 at 10:56 pm Reply

    Hey! Great photos :) I remember when I was in Beijing nearly every evening the people would light little fires outside on the streets and I never quite figured out if it was to burn garbage or had some religious purposes, as our advisor insisted. we also saw it in some really local and rural neighborhoods in shanghai. have you seen that before? do you know why its done?

    • Renee 22 September, 2012 at 11:39 am Reply

      Lee! Thanks :) I’ve seen these little burning shrines along the side of the street, but I still don’t know why they do it.. Will ask someone next time I see to find out! China is amazing with all its little customs. You should come visit Shanghai! When does your world trip start?

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