I had a great trip to London a few years ago. I was living in a host family, and since it was my first time abroad, it was a bit of a culture shock.
I can’t believe that we can drink the water from the tap directly! In China there is no possibility for us to do that. Even when we need to wash some fruit or something, we will use the purified water(纯净水). Every family has at least one water purifier. This is because the water pollution in our country is very serious.
The children from my host hardly wore shoes even when they played in the yard. I tried but gave up. It hurts a lot!
When I walk on the street, there are a lot of strangers saying hi to me. And most of them say it in Chinese. So sweet! In China, when we see foreigners, most of us feel shy to say hello. But for once, I said hi to a foreigner at Starbucks and she smiled back at me.
Sometimes I saw people wearing T-shirts with weird Chinese on them. I don’t know if they knew the meaning. Actually I think the feeling that we have is the same as that of western people when they see weird letters on our clothes.