Comforts of Home

Though I’m missing some of the comforts of home, like running water I can brush my teeth with, and American staple foods such as peanut butter and jelly, Tianjin is starting to feel like home.  I’m getting used to the food, which is normally a rice or noodle dish and some type of meat or vegetable dumpling.  A variety of foods, including western food, are easily accessible though.   Pizza places and fast food chains deliver and through our exploration of the city, we’ve found a Japanese, an Indian, and an American restaurant.  Last Friday we enjoyed sushi at a Japanese restaurant.  It was a little expensive, however it was a little cheaper than a comparable meal in the United States. This sushi was better and much more authentic than I’ve ever had.  I’m also very excited to say that I’ve found a Catholic church to attend.  Jesuit missionaries built St. Joseph’s Cathedral many years ago.  It has survived not only Mao’s Cultural Revolution, but also a major earthquake that hit Tianjin in 1976.  The church now has mass not only in Chinese, but also in English.   Last Sunday myself and a few other students went to mass and enjoyed a nice American lunch from Subway. 

I’ve been very busy with schoolwork and studying, but I’ve found time to pamper myself.  When the price is so right, I’d be crazy not to!  Over the past three weeks I’ve had both a massage and a manicure and pedicure.  My 60-minute foot massage cost about 5 US dollars.  It included tea, a neck massage, and great Chinese conversation.  My manicure cost about 8 US dollars and my pedicure cost a little less than 3 US dollars.  It was a blast going with friends and I’m planning on making a return trip later this week.  In total, my spa experience cost around 16 US dollars.  If I had the time, I think I’d go every week.

Below you’ll find a couple of photos:

1.  A typical meal

2.  St. Joseph’s Cathedral