Things that are Different! (Part 2)

Here are a few more “things that are different” that I thought up along the way. Again, these are just simple observations of new things that are part of our life now that we weren’t use to before. You can read the original post by clicking here. Enjoy!

  • Being the minority instead of the majority.
  • Attending an underground church every week.
  • Battling the thoughts of fear…from working in a “closed” country.
  • Battling the thoughts of insecurity…from learning a new language.
  • Waiting in line for an escalator! You know there is a lot of people at the store when you have to wait in line for an escalator.
  • Taking your shopping cart up and down the flat escalators.
  • Shopping carts with wheels that can move in every direction (forward/backwards, sided to side, diagonal).
  • -20…yeah, that’s different. Very different. It is super cold! :)
  • Layers, Layers, Layers…to stay warm dress in layers!
  • Wearing boots almost everyday now that the winter is here.
  • Walking and trying not to constantly fall or slip on the ice/snow.

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7 thoughts on “Things that are Different! (Part 2)

  1. Elizabeth Ewing

    I laughed out loud when I read the one about the shopping cart wheels! We have those in Indonesia as well. No fun when the floors are already slippery!

  2. B.J. Cormier

    You’re not the only one who has a hard time with those shopping carts. We arrived in Kenya shortly after y’all arrived in China. I STILL have a hard time with those carts.

  3. David Gates

    Yep, same carts in Egypt!! They are tough to push when they are loaded down and you have to go diagonally down hill to try and catch a taxi!! FUN!!

  4. Mark (China Ramblings!) Post author

    Ha, so we all have the same shopping carts in China, Indonesia, Kenya, and Egypt…when is America going to get on board with this great idea.

    David: We usually are not allowed to push the carts outside to find a taxi, so we just have to carry everything to the curb, but I could image you going down a hill with one! :)

    Thanks for the comments everyone.

    Cormier: I didn’t know your guys were already in Kenya, that is great to hear!

  5. B.J. Cormier


    We arrived August 18th and started language school 2 weeks after. We’re now in our 3rd month of studies and things are going great. I’ve enjoyed the differences you’ve been posting.


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