Today was an interesting day. It was the first day to report to the school and we had our medical check ups. We had blood drawn, eye/ear/nose tests, ultra sounds, chest x-ray, EEGs, and some general poking and asking you have surgery?
It is a whole assembly line from handing in passports to changing in little rooms and locking up your belongings. You then sit in robes in a hall and they tell you where to go. (The robes were not the scratchy paper ones like home, but nice cotton waffle material ones). You hold a paper with your photo and you get a stamp for every test -kinda like an amusement park or a game where you get a stamp for each “exhibit” you attend. You start chatting to other westerners all in the same situations to pass the time. The ultra sound was the funniest. I am not sure what she was looking for, but she kept going back to my right side. She had little english and pushed me side to side to complete the test. Felt like a piece of dough being rolled out. Another “travelling spouse” was there for the tests and they called her into the ultra sound room and I was just finishing. She thought she came in by mistake and went to leave and the technician yells “Lay down!”… she looks at me and said “what did she say?” I told her -she wants you to lay down -well it must have been taking too long the technician yells “NOW! Lay Down!”. Poor woman quickly ran over to lay down.
All in all it wasn’t that bad.
After that we went to set up our bank accounts -which was very time-consuming. We had to show passports, pick a pin number and enter it like 6 or 8 times. We went to the school, our campus and the intermediate/senior campus as well. They are doing lots of construction, so we had quick tours and to help us get our bearings. Each classroom looks new -new shelves, furniture, and even though there is dust and dirt from the construction things shine! The best thing each class has its own Smart Board!
The drive through the city today was lovely -the buildings are all so different and unique. The shapes, extra little details everything… there was one that is oval in shape, one that looks like a spaceship/flying saucer on top, another like a cube is being pulled out (like the jenga game only square)… so cool. One of the teachers said its like there was an architectural competition or something.
Tomorrow is supposed to be a long day of sitting and listening… but Friday we will have a river cruise, so something to look forward to. We will be going at night and seeing everything lit up… it will be amazing I am sure. So stay tunned for more on Saturday…