On Friday night a student named Jack needed help with one of the programs we use to record data for the experiments in the labs. Now Jack has helped us SO much over the past few days. He’s gotten our internet working on campus, meal cards, adapters for the lab, and he even goes to the dining hall with us to help us order food since no one speaks English and it’s really hard to get edible food when you can only speak English. Basically, he’s been our savior here. Desiree and I were with him on Friday after classes and told him about our plans to go to this really cool place called Dazu on Saturday. Remember, they usually have a full day of classes on Saturdays but Jack texted us later that night and said his classes were cancelled and asked if he could come with us! Of course we asked him if he was skipping class. He didn’t understand what “skipping” meant but we eventually determined that his classes really were cancelled. I love that he makes such an effort. Jack is the bomb.
So, Saturday morning we headed to the bus station. It was Dr. Cheng, Jack, Desiree, Brandon, and I. Dr. Cheng figured out how to get to the station and what buses to take to get there. He’s a pretty quiet guy and he always goes off on his own and just disappears for hours just walking around campus and the surrounding area. Sometimes he says things out of nowhere that are just absolutely hilarious. I’m glad I get the chance to work with him. But, like I said he always ventures off on his own so he somehow found this strange trail to get to the bus. Desiree and I were laughing so hard the entire way there because only Dr. Cheng would find this kind of path on his own. I just don’t understand how he does it.
It was an adventure and it doesn’t stop there. The bus itself was crazy. We rode on a big bus for about an hour and then had to transfer to another one for a 30 minute ride up into the mountains. It was an interesting ride. I think the driver honked his horn 846 times in total. They are not shy at alllllll with the horn usage here. But we finally made it to the sight of the Dazu Rock Carvings!
Ps- that's Jack in the red jacket!
I wasn’t expecting to be so high in the mountains but the view was incredible!
There's this myth that if you touch this symbol you'll have good luck for the next 10 years or something along those lines. Honestly, other people were touching it and getting their picture taken so I touched it and had someone take a picture of me. Then I asked Jack to explain it to me.
Dr. Cheng was against being in a picture but we forced him into it of course.
We eventually found off-brand McDonald’s. So sketchy. You can buy a whole chicken (head included) so that didn’t do much to calm my fears. Buuuut, I obviously wouldn't pass up chicken nuggets no matter how sketchy they are and they turned out to be surprisingly good!! Even better than the real McD’s. Or maybe I was just super hungry, I’m not sure.
Dr. Cheng ordered this weird thing for us to try, it’s like the Chinese version of a sweet potato but they fry it and then serve it to you. It wasn’t thaaaat bad but the color and texture were just too much for me. Too bizarre. I’m still forcing myself to try every food that’s thrown my way (….almost) and I’m doing pretty well so far!
After we ate we found this really cool street fair type of thing to kill some more time. Actually, I don’t even know what to call it. It wasn’t really a street fair but just like an outdoor market area on a street that had little shops lining either side. That’s a terrible name for it but you get the idea.
Badminton is popular here too!
Here comes another week of classes! Can't wait to see what Chongqing throws our way this week. I'll keep you guys updated if anything interesting happens.