As many expected/predicted, I am still in China.
But… year 5 is going to be different.
For the first time since coming to China, I will no longer be an English teacher– No more Mr. Frank
So what is next on my plate? Managing a restaurant/bar in the great city of Guangzhou. It’s called Wilber’s, and it’s significantly classier than me.
The restaurant will be undergoing renovations in September and re-opening in October. So I’ll make sure to keep all of you, my loyal fans (my mom), updated.
I’ll post more about that later, but for now, I just wanted to get my toes wet and re-enter the world of blogging. As has been pointed out, numerous times, by my lovely friends, Halina and Zak, my English has gone to (pardon my poor English) shit. In an attempt to better document my typical adventures and maintain some of my native language, I will try to blog at least 3 times each week.
Now, I will grace you with some highlights from my 35 hour journey back to China:
– Met a local Scrantonian at the bar in Newark. She didn’t want to drink Hoegaarden like me, but I’ll attribute that to her mafia background (she told me her family is the mafia from Scranton….). She was shocked that I didn’t have a Scranton accent, then she sat down at a table and proceeded to study lines for some sort of play I imagined she was auditioning for in Canada.
– I was flying Air India. What did this mean? I would be the only white person on the plane, and spend the next 14 hours planning my future trip to India (Spring Festival 2014?).
– Silky (not Silvy) sat next to me on the plane. S-I-L-K-Y. K. Not V. Originally from Mumbai but now living in Jersey. She’s a scientist. When they announced they were looking for a doctor, I looked at her, and she informed me that scientists and doctors are not the same thing. “Are you sure?” I asked. “Yes,” she replied.
Ravi, her 4 year old son, who shares the same name as any other Indian male I have conversed with as well as fake Indian in the in-flight movie I was watching (A Cinderella Story starring a girl I wanted to believe was Selena Gomez despite the information clearly saying it was the Hilary Duff version…), made sure we followed all the airline rules.
Had to switch planes in Mumbai and fly to Delhi. The 4-hour layover was significantly more painful than the 14 hour flight prior to it.
In the Delhi airport, I had my bag searched three times. I apathetically stood there each time without saying a word.
After a 5-hour flight, I arrived in HK and was shortly thereafter on a bus to Guangzhou.
At the border, they let me in!
And after 35 hours of travel, I arrived in Guangzhou and headed straight to McDonald’s. What happened next? Some girl took a photo of me. Having been away for nearly 3 weeks, I had almost forgotten about the paparazzi in China! I turned to look at the girl who was blatantly flash a pic of me, and I noticed something quite strange. She wasn’t Asian. She was a Latina chica. This is new, I thought, and left with my food.
All in all, I imagine this year will be filled with many new experiences as well as typical ones. I will no longer have the amusing student stories but I’ll do my best to replace them with service industry mishaps. Feel free to comment. Mwah.