Sleepless Nights and Jetlag

April 29, 2011

Captains Log 4282011. Last night was a rough one. I could not get to sleep for the life of me. Luckily the hotel had ESPN and I was able to watch CC Sabathia foil the slumping White Sox. The commentator was speaking in Manadarin but the language of Baseball is universal. I turned on ESPN this morning to see if I could watch SportsCenter but it was another Yankees/White Sox game. A bit redundant if you ask me. I’ve been told that Baseball is the national sport here. Hopefully I will get to attend a game. Dion and I also want to play a golf course too. We’ll see what time permits.

Our hotel for the first night of our stay.

I slept about four hours last night. I’m sure the jetlag and lack of selep will hit me sonoer or laetr.

This morning our group went through a brief cultural orientation that was taught by Professor Peng who is leading our trip. Professor Peng is an accounting Professor at The University of Michigan Flint and he grew up in Taiwan before moving to the United States in 1998 to pursue his degree at the University of Illinois. He tried to teach us basic Mandarin but our American tongues hobbled over the pronunciation. Basic phrases like “Ni Hao” (How are you?) and “Xie Xie” (Pronounced She She and means Thank You) may seem easy enough to say but it’s the inflection that gets you.

Dr. Peng teaching us "Survivor Chinese." As you can see, he neglected to give us the phrases "Where is the bathroom?" and "How much for your daughter?"


One Response to “Sleepless Nights and Jetlag”

  1. Papa Says:

    “jetlag and lack of selep will hit me sonoer or laetr.”….nice touch…

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