I flew in to Beijing yesterday, and have been wrestling jetlag and mysterious internet signals ever since. The flight seemed short, and I had a window seat, thankfully. The Beijing airport has probably the biggest building I’ve ever been in, and it’s very clean, beautiful and modern.

Beijing itself is an interesting hodge podge. It has the most skyscrapers I’ve ever seen in one place, but everything here seems out of place. It’s the only city I’ve seen that has parks next to freeways and shanty towns next to skyscrapers. The people are very friendly and curious, and it’s fun to try my Mandarin on locals. So far, so good on that front.

I’m living in the dorms, which are kind of like really janky hotels, which is to say that they are much bigger and nicer than American dorms, but less nice than hotels. We get turn down service every day, which is kind of weird and awkward. But we also get air conditioning (yes!) and towels. Our shower doesn’t have any kind of threshold to keep water off of the rest of the bathroom floor, but the water pressure is good and the water is warm. All in all, I think it’s pretty comfortable.