1.) I’m not really sure how I would order food in most restaurants without a Mandarin speaking anglophone around because without the pinyin letters, I’ve got no idea what anything is. Even with the pinyin, it would mostly just be guessing
2.) Like much of the world, the city is relatively gritty with unbelievable levels of construction happening everywhere
3.) I felt immediately comfortable and at home when we got into the city today. I have no explanation for why since I can’t speak the language or read the words of literally anything around me at all. But it feels strangely comfortable
4.) Soup wonton are delicious
5.) People only look at me for a second and then continue on their way. Some people at home suggested that people would be constantly staring, but that hasn’t yet been my experience.