I remember when I could dance circles around anyone, party all night, and be the last one standing on any dance floor. Now I can barely get through my own choreography! Daily dance rehearsal has really been kicking my butt, and I’ve been quite embarrassed about teaching a routine that I can just barely do without collapsing in an exhausted heap at the end.
However, I have several decent excuses. The first being that I now have the lungs of a forty year old chain smoker. 8 months in China or however long I’ve been here will do that to you. I sometimes go to nightclubs and can only dance for 15 minute stretches because I literally can’t breathe, there is too much smoke and my lungs just can’t take it. I need to move to Hong Kong. Smoke Free 2007!
I also have been really sick this past week, with who knows what. My teachers have thought up a variety of causes for my illness, including:
The air is too wet, germs spread faster.
I’ve been drinking cold water, which is bad for the health.
I don’t eat enough fruit.
The change in temperature from night to day is too great. (um, 22 degree Celsius lows, 28 degree highs?)
This time around I have mostly escaped the concerned Chinese teacher freak outs. I have so far avoided a trip to the doctor and the insistence that I get a shot for something or another. However I have been unable to avoid the many visits to my house, unsolicited medical advice, and heaps of new Chinese medicines they force me to take. However, I do I get a lot of free food and fruit whenever I am sick, and this time around, I even got a large bottle of Baileys! Sometimes being sick is better than not being sick