So I know I haven't posted in a while. I finally got this website to work in China. I have to go through another website since it is blocked in China, as well as Facebook!
After a cancellation of my first flight in Buffalo, I finally got to China around 7.30 pm here (7.30 am EST). After the 14 hour plane ride, we had to go through a 5 hour bus ride from Shanghai to Nanjing! Along the way, we stopped at a rest stop and guess what?? There were no toilets - they were holes in the ground! Also there was no toilet paper or soap available.
The hotel is gorgeous here! The lobby is huge and beautiful! The staff are all so welcoming and almost all knew us by face when we arrived! There are 1010 staff members here at the hotel - everyone is so friendly!
There are 35 floors, 10 restaurants (bars and lounges included), 492 rooms and some clothing stores. They are also building an additional building - 57 floors, 400 rooms, stores, rec centers, restaurants!
Including me, there are 5 other interns. I think we have a very good group here and it will be a fun 5 months!
The past week has been pretty busy. Yesterday and today we had orientation and it will be continued on Thursday. We are learning how to properly interact with the guests, the hotel itself and phrases that will help me communicate to the guests in Chinese. Last night was a banquet and a dinner in our honor and that was a lot of fun. We ate at one of the restaurants in the hotel and had a 9-course meal! We were all drinking wine and it is tradition for the Chinese to do cheers continuously during the dinner, so I probably had 4 glasses of wine! Also the phrase "Gambe" is similar to our "Bottom's up" - there was a lot of that going on last night!
The culture is so different from the US but similar too! They actually have WalMart here and I have been twice already. Outside of the hotel are other high rise buildings and at night they light up and have designs on them, so it makes me think of Times Square! The annoying difference is that it is so hot here! Today I think it was only 86 but it felt like 95 and there is no humidity, so it is all dry heat which makes it worse!
Last night the girls and I went to all get massages - we got Chinese massages which were different from normal ones, but they felt amazing!
Well I think I will sign off now and you can all ask me more about my trip if you want! Tomorrow I have to go to the hospital here along with the other interns and get health exams! wish me luck!
Love from China,