Aug. 6, 2008
I have been in Dalian for a couple of days now and I am still having some trouble establishing a regular sleep pattern. Other than that, everything else is going pretty well. Yesterday, I went out into the city on a trip to the mall, which was a pretty cool thing to see. The mall that we went to was maybe five or six stories high (it could have been higher, but we only went up a few levels) and they sell pretty much everything there, from electronics and clothes to produce and meat. Of course, we didn't make this trip alone; we had four police escorts in addition to the two police officers assigned to each small group of five to six people.
Our translator and guide for the day was a police officer (I can't remember her name), but she was really nice and took us to the food market place where she bought us a type of fruit that has a hard outer case and you break it open to eat the white fruit inside. I was kind of hesitant at first and waited for someone else to take the first bite and give a report. I really wish that I knew the name of it, but it was pretty good. The taste was like that of a green grape except it was a little slimy. Other than that experience, I really haven't done too much. My days so far have been resting and trying to get my body to adjust, which I'm sure will happen soon. I have to keep reminding myself that I have only been here for three days.