Riding my bike is not a sticky situation anymore... and as animals are looking for warm places to relax, a few things have been going on....
a) Yesterday i was in my first bike crash! A scooter ran into my back wheel as i was turning and it bent it 90*. I did not get hurt at all. But it is a very funny situation this one.
In the middle of a small intersection with a destroyed bike. I look at the guy on the scooter (not chinese) and i smile at him. He looks absolutely devastated. I was afraid he might have gotten hurt or something. So i ask him...
'Are YOU ok?'
and he does not answer... his eyes are big and head is shaking...so once again i ask him
'Did YOU get hurt?'
some seconds pass.. which when you are in the middle of an intersection seem like minutes! and then i hear him whispering
'i'm so sorry....'
I told him not to worry, that i'd get it fixed and that the important thing is that no one got hurt. So as he goes away and i start carrying my bike to the workshop, i thought that in reality all of this scene needed to be performed the other way around and that me and the guy seemed to have confused which lines we had to say in the script of life.
He should have asked the questions and i should have been speechless!
Anyway the bike (i have to still give her a name, but it must have something to do with a lady who has been through a lot in life, and through a lot of plastic surgery as well) is ok!
But the whole situation happened 5 minutes before class which meant i had to run!!!
b) ...clearly if you read point A you will know that i am about to talk about chinese class!
It was such a cool experience.
We had 4 hours of class which felt really like 2.
No, not because its easy or because its fascinating, but because the first 2 hr class was all in chinese :) we started learning some tones and some words in chinese which is always interesting.
The last two hours were with a teacher who spoke english and was teaching us about chinese characters and how they evolved throughout the centuries, and it was interesting to see how some of these characters make no sense...
it made me think that language evolution at times goes through people who have no clue what they are doing.
And i thought that this is happening as we speak today! MSN users and text messengers are changing the future world! And it made me think that though today words or abbreviates such as MIRL, PLO or GSOH are (possibly) understandable (i had to look them up at netlingo.com) , in some centuries someone like me today will look back and say 'how did they get to that!?'... LOL
Ok, this was so exciting and i can't wait to have my second lesson today!
now i've got to go do some homework!