You might be wondering what it is like for me to live in Macau. What's my daily schedule like?
Well, my body clock has mostly adjusted to the time difference. It is day and night, rather than just a few hours. You know what you go through when we have the daylight savings time change? Everyone complains about the one hour gained or lost. Imagine THIRTEEN hours! The first few days, I was in a haze and at a times a zombie but I managed to be cordial and alert enough to keep in mind my steps from here to there so I would be able to maneuver on my own the next day. I am going to bed a little too early than usual (9:30 PM) and getting up a little too early (5:30 AM), but I am getting a full nights sleep!
When I get up, I absolutely must take a shower because the days are muggy and I am walking everywhere. I have to turn on the water heater, which is on the wall inside the tub, and wait about 15 minutes for the water to reach the correct temperature. Then after I've showered, dressed, and am all ready, I'll eat a bowl of Quaker Oat Squares with a little bit of milk. Yes, I found that cereal here and the milk is alright, although I suspect there are ingredients in it that make it last until the expiration date in June.
There is no wifi or internet in my apartment and this is a great motivator for me to pack up my things in a backpack, take my laptop, and go down the four flights of stairs, walk down a couple of blocks, walk up a hill, walk for about a mile to the Concordia English Center. There, I can connect with wifi and check my emails, facebook, and do other work. My shoulders are sore from carrying my backpack and I have a blister on my ankle that is covered with a bandaid. But I am excited at the possibility that I will lose some weight and get in better shape, which has been my goal for years! Since I've been here, I haven't been in my apartment much - only in the mornings and in the evenings right before bed. When I get back in the evenings, I am yearning so much for sleep that I just hurriedly get ready for bed and collapse in deep sleep after trying to read one page in my book.
For lunch and dinner, I've been eating in various places and it is wonderful eating authentic Chinese food! Some of this food I've been missing and looking forward to eating again! I've gotten together with several friends a couple times for dinner. There are plans to have dinner with several others in the next few days.
I'll be back soon to tell you about my work here in Macau and the people who I have seen and will be seeing. This is why I am here in Macau. Keep checking back in here to read about my time here in Macau.
Continue to keep me in your prayers.