Today was the first day of class. The staff kept warning us how overwhelmed we were going to be after the first day. I'm not overwhelmed, just tired. It was an all day affair, which is what I expected. My Chinese experience has really helped me out and lead me to connect with what the instructors were discussing. I hear myself constantly say, "In China..." "when I was in China..." "Oh, China..." I hope no one's sick of it.
I feel like I left one of the dirtiest places and came to really clean spot. I even stuck my head under the sink faucet and drank the delicious, flavorless water. It was great. They have clean up crews who push carts along the streets, making sure the place keeps tidy. Why doesn't every town have one of those?
I've been developing an interest in graffiti ever since I went to Hong Kong. There's something very intriguing about it. On one hand, it defaces historic buildings, but on the other hand, it's temporary messages from the present connecting to the past. Rather harmless in a way, but important. I like to read the social insignia and try to figure out what some of it means. A lot of it is in Spanish, of course, which is an educational experience for me. I've never made my own graffiti art before but I'd like to try sometime. But I'd hate to get caught, especially here. I'd rather just look at everyone else's work and admire the charm of it.
I'm going to go to bed. Thanks for reading!