After 6 hours of Chin.ese class today (blah), I was stoked to go back to the gym for some more anger burning and mind wandering.
After panting and sweating my way through a workout I felt awesome and headed into the locker room for a shower. I had plans to go across the street to Subway for dinner (student's special) and then walk home from the gym - doing some errands along the way.
Now - the locker room in Ch.ina is a special thing. There is noooo sense of modesty and hair dryers are used to dry more than just the hair on your head (get my drift? :/) In a society that blatently stares at foreigners, the thought of being a naked foreigner could be a daunting one.
I guess not anymore.
Some of my most memorable moments in Asia involve nudity: getting every crevice of my body scrubbed by an old Korean woman in Seoul, oil massages (and hot cups) in Shenzhen, and the now infamous group showers in Ningxia twice a week for a month.
Needless to say, I've seen me some naked natives.
So, today, when I was de-robed and about to hop into my shower stall at the gym I was surprised to hear, "Jessica!" called out from down the shower room corridor.
There was my Chin.ese aquaintance Dan Dan. Naked as a jaybird.
She scurried on over to me and we carried on a 3 minute conversation in Chi.nese, (homegirl doesn't speak english). I told her I just joined the gym and she was excited. She asked me if I went alone and I told her yes. "Well, I'm gonna shower now!" she said. "Me too! Bye!" I responded.
And off she pranced to another shower stall.
It wasn't until our conversation was over and I was safely alone in my shower that I thought...I'm in a Chi.nese gym having a naked conversation in Chin.ese with a Chi.nese person like it ain't no thing.
Ya, so that happened. Ha.
In other news:
Mango and orange double flavor oreos have also happened. YUM CITY.
Good thing I joined that gym.
walk slow. xoxo.