Monthly Archives: August 2011

Done with the summercourse

Today was the last day of the summer course in chinese I have been taking. It was kind of sad saying goodbye to the ones that didnt leave already and it’s weird to imagine mornings without repeating chinese words over and over again. We got our tests from yesterday back as well, and not only did I manage to get 90% or better like I wanted (got 92), me and Mai were actually the two students that did the best in our class – yay! 🙂 Considering we’re just like 10 students left or something it’s not THAT great, but its always nice to be best at something and it was cool when the teacher said “Nikelin. You were the best!” haha 🙂 We all got diplomas from Fudan in nice red folders saying “Short-Term Programme Certificate” and Fudan T-shirts as well. Even gave us tons of random fruits and candy. It was a really nice morning.

Later on all of us Norwegians headed to the Nordic Centre (yep Fudan actually have their own Nordic centre – how cool is that?) for an information meeting about this year in China.  The head of the BI Liasion Office, the head of the International Office of Fudan and several others told us about Fudan and their work with Norway, Finland, Denmark, Sweden and even Iceland. Apparently they really like BI as well because they were one of the universities that founded the Nordic Centre 15 years ago. The former norwegian prime minister Gro Harlem Bruntland has apparently just visited the centre as well and she was also there when it was founded. I guess we’re really lucky to be studying at Fudan cause this Nordic Centre is the only one of its kind in the world apparently! :O

From what everyone was saying this year here at Fudan will be very different from studying at BI. We will have one subject at a time, working intensivly on it for some weeks and then graduating – so we will have a lot of hard work in periods and then also some time off if I understood correctly. We also got name cards that we HAVE TO bring to each and every class – or we will get “not present”.. and if we miss more than 30% of any subject we actually fail it by defaut.. wich is not what we’re used to at all! Guess we will all just have to adapt tho and work hard, then we should be fine 🙂

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Studying..

So tomorrow is the summer course final exam. We talked in class about what we’re supposed to know and I think I should at least be able to pass it without any problems. Just passing isn’t really enough though, I want at least 80-90% on it – so now I have been studying for quite some time, practising dates, time, big numbers and tons of chinese characters. Need to look into a few more things before I go to sleep, but  I just finished trying to memorize 130 characters so felt like taking a short break. This almost feels as the good old days when I studied Japanese and Chinese at UiO, hehe. The signs do look really awesome though and it’s always fun to realise you can actually read random signs on the street, etc.

Also tried something new today, Shanghai dumplings 🙂 They are like normal dumplings, but they actually have soup inside of them in addition to the other stuffing. Taste really great and at the place I went they were cheap as well, 6 yuan for 6 dumplings! 😀 Ah well, back to studying I guess – will be great to have this test over with.

Bar Rouge

This weekend has mostly been very boring because we all have to study for the summer course final test. Saturday evening we girls decided to take a break though and went downtown to a place called Bar Rouge. I even curled my hair – look!

Made the stars and stuff in the background just for fun because my closet didnt really look very interersting. I have to get me a good hairspray though, cause these curls just lasted for about 20 mins. Bar Rouge was pretty awesome, located on top of a building close to the Huangpu River it has a really nice wiew of the Pudong area:

Bar Rouge was pretty relaxing compared to M1nt, with more tables and lower music. We all got to do a miniphotoshoot with huuge champagnebottles as well, just for fun – free of charge: This is me and Katrines shot (we couldnt do one with 4 people apparently as the photographer said there was no space):

We even got a print of the picture to take home with us, nice memory! 🙂 Here is a picture of all 4 of us as well that we made a random guy take for us:

We WERE  tired after studying all day tho, so we went home kind of early. Still a nice evening for sure. Today  was really boring, we had to go registrer so that we can take a health check later on, then we just studied.. will be nice to be done with this test, studying for it is endless.. there are so many characters I feel as if I should know.

Acrobatics

Allright chinese people are insanely good at things when their good at them, I knew that – but the Royal Acrobatics Troupe of Shanghai are like.. inhuman! We went to their show with Fudan yesterday and it was really awesome. They had all sorts of acrobats, jugglers and even people on motorcycles doing amazing stunts.  It was a great evening for sure and we even got in for free since we were there with our university. Awesomeness!

Century Avenue

Today was a pretty long day for me. After school we went to a mexican place that I had promised to show the roomies for lunch – I managed to order some VERY spicy chicken but it was also very tasty so it was still a nice lunch, hehe.  Also got to say goodbye to one of our japanese friends, it’s so sad that their all leaving soon! Later on Iman Irene and I went to Century Avenue to have a look arround and do some shopping. Im still very much in love with the Pearl Tower, and the buildings surrounding it are also all really nice and modern. Beeing fans of Allstar we simply couldn’t just walk past their brandstore so we ended up getting one pair of shoes each, I got the plain black ones 🙂 Did need new shoes and they cost me about 300 yuan so cheaper than buying them in Oslo at least. We also found a brilliant foodstore called CitySuper – I found real cheese there! They import all sorts of food from several foreign countries, including dutch cheese so gouda for me, hehe. Saw my dreamcar as well, white porche hehe. So time to save up some money and get a licence I guess? When we got home Katrine came to visit for a while. We studied and had dinner before we all got too tired to be social, hehe. Great afternoon.

Visiting mr Chen

Today after class our chinese teacher brought us to his friend mr Zhi-Long Chen’s house to look at his collection of chinese art. Mr Chen has apparently been painting and collecting chinese art and poetry for about 40 years and he is also a professor at Fudan University. I really liked some of his work, and it was nice to go on a fieldtrip with my classmates before all the japanese students leave next week.  Mr Chen specializes in landscape pictures, and he is definitely very good at painting them.  Was  some really nice pictures of birds there too and other animals. All of the rooms in his appartment were just filled with paintings, it was really cool!

Crowded much?

Today I went to  have indian food in the French Concession with a couple of friends. We managed to hit the evening rush I guess, cause the subways were really crowded – hardly even room to stand and some of the stations even had long lines to even enter the subways as well. Days like this makes me remember just how big this city is – more people living here than  in all of Norway – by far!

It’s not always as  crowded as in this picture, but if you get unlucky it is. Apparently Shanghainese sleep longer than I can these days though, cause Im just ahead of the big morning rush when I go to school in the morning. 🙂

For the record, the indian food was great – the French Concession in general actually seemed great, several places there that looked nice so we went and looked arround a bit, getting business cards to find our way back later on.Everyone working at the places we dropped by seemed nice as well, so Im guessing French Concession will be an area Im going to visit a lot.