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Mein erster Arbeitstag bei InternChina

Gestern (04.02.2013) war mein erster Arbeitstag bei Intern China in Qingdao.
Erst mal musste ich die ganzen notwendigen Programme für meinen Laptop runterladen und eine Intern China E-mail Adresse erstellen. Danach konnte es endlich losgehen mir wurden meine Aufgaben genau erklärt und gezeigt was ich machen muss und worauf ich achten muss. Bisher hat es mir sehr gut gefallen, denn die Kollegen stehen einem zur Seite wenn man nicht mehr weiterkommt oder Fragen hat.

In der Pause gehen auch immer alle gemeinsam Mittagessen – nur wenige Minuten vom Büro entfernt ist ein riesiger Foodcourt. Man bekommt alles was man will von Subway, Pizza bis hin zu Mc Donald´s und natürlich eine riesige Auswahl an chinesischem Essen. Das einzige was man dafür braucht ist eine Karte, die man sich vorher kaufen muss und damit bezahlt man dann auch immer. Das ist wirklich super und total einfach. Bevor ich nach China kam, haben mich alle vor dem Essen hier gewarnt, dass man nie weiß was man auf den Tisch bekommt, oder ob man überhaupt richtiges Essen bekommt. Aber Gott sei Dank ist das nicht so! Das Beste ist, wenn man mit den Kollegen essen geht, wissen die bereits was gut ist und mir schmecken könnte. Mir hat das Chinesische Essen bisher sehr gut gefallen und es hat auch immer gut geschmeckt, also für alle die Angst vor dem chinesischen Essen haben: Braucht ihr nicht!

Das einzige Problem bei mir am Anfang war, dass ich noch nicht mit Stäbchen essen konnte und ich habe gedacht ich werde es bestimmt nie lernen, weil es mir so unglaublich schwer gefallen ist. Nach zwei Tagen konnte ich es aber schon ganz gut, also alles gar kein Problem, her mit den chinesischen Nudeln! 🙂
Direkt am ersten Arbeitstag sind wir alle abends gemeinsam essen gegangen und haben uns mit unserem Chef und Firmengründer Frank Lenhardt sowie Duan Yifan im Restaurant getroffen. Eigentlich war ein anderes Restaurant geplant, aber durch das Frühlingsfest haben schon einige Restaurants ein wenig früher geschlossen, um es ihren Angestellten zu ermöglichen problemlos ihre Familien zu besuchen.
Das Essen im Restaurant war lecker. Es gab Burger und – ein großer Vorteil für mich – man konnte mit Gabel und Messer essen. Dass heißt ich durfte einen stäbchenfreien Abend genießen und meinen Händen eine kleine Pause gönnen. 🙂
Das Beste war, dass ich am Abend totmüde ins Bett gefallen und direkt eingeschlafen bin, ein riesiger Vorteil des Jetlags. Bald hab ich auch meinen Schlafrhythmus wiedergefunden. Ich habe mich sehr gefreut, gleich an meinem ersten Arbeitstag das ganze Team inklusive den beiden Firmengründern kennenlernen zu dürfen und hoffe, dass ich im weiteren Verlauf meines Praktikums noch viele tolle Abendessen haben werde.

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A Game of two Halves, Qingdao

It was another sunny day in Qingdao when Jamie Bettles and I went to play football. Armed with a couple of good hangovers and some shinpads we made our way, by bus, to Old town Qingdao (taking 228 bus outside Carrefour) all the way to the last stop. From here we had a two minute walk to Ji Mo Lu. Just behind this maze of shops we found the football stadium.If you like football and you live in Qingdao then this is the team to join. Made up entirely of foreigners Qingdao Waigouren United has been going for years and is somewhere in the rankings of the Qingdao league.
To play you will need to become a member (but this is only a small fee) and get the kit (a little green number). Unfortunately I had neither, but that wasn’t going to stop me from sitting back in the sun and enjoying an afternoon of football and ice cream, all the while cheering on the hometeam outnumbered 20 to 1 by Chinese fans!
So, It was the Waiguo rens VS the Zhongguo rens in an all out 90 minute battle. I will try and dictate the game as exciting and as briefly as I can…..

InternChina – Football

First Half
Starting with only 9 men, the foreigners were already at a disadvantage. However they pulled out all the stops and gave the Chinese a good match, tempers flaring every now and again at a few dubious calls from the ref brought a number of yellow cards..

InternChina – Match

Disaster struck when the greens conceded their first goal after a free kick from just outside the box

The heat was now on (literally, I was sweating just from watching them!). But then, just before half time, their star forward came strolling into the stadium, not being hurried by his team mates calls, no. 25 calmly drifted into position

InternChina – Protesting
InternChina – Knee to the Temple
InternChina – Sport is Fun

The greens started well and looked to score, but then just as China were on the break, their striker slipped on the ball and took a fall… The ref decided it was a foul and gave two more yellow cards.. one for the ‘tackle’ and one for the bad language protest which followed –

Spurred on by the decision, the greens pushed forward and managed to level with a great bottom corner strike from outside the box…. Their happiness was short lived however when a wincing collision between the home striker and our goalkeeper left him down and dazed

After I refused to don the gloves because my Cornetto wouldn’t wait, the greens had to resort to putting one of their defensive line between the poles.
Short at the back and with a shorter man in goal, sadly this lead to the second Chinese score of the day.
Ten minutes left and one goal down, the greens fought valiantly and with one last ditch from our very own Jamie they looked poised to score… A foul on Jamie in the penalty box! Held back and pushed off by 2 defenders deep in the area looked to bring a nailbiting end to the game.
However.. the Chinese ref had obvious allegiance to the nation and called for a free kick from the edge of the box…. As you can imagine, this didn’t go down well…

The last free kick of the game curled nicely with power but dinged off the top corner bar and spun away, along with any hopes of retribution.
This really was a game of 2 halves and was very enjoyable to watch, I recommend to any interns who like to play or just want to come and cheer for a bit to come along every Sunday afternoon!

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Introduction to new InternChina member – Jack Fairhead

InternChina – Jack

Nimen Hao!
My name is Jack Fairhead and I am the new trainee office manager for InternChina’s Qingdao branch, Just started working at the office this week so this short blog is just to introduce myself but don’t worry, in the near future there will be plenty of more interesting blogs from me to read!
So, I am 24 years old and I come from the UK (Wales to be precise) and have just finished studying a Masters degree from Manchester University in Chinese business and management. Deciding to start my career in China (where better to start!?).
< – – – That’s me 🙂
After arriving early Saturday evening in Qingdao from a long and arduous 25 hour, triple flight, journey I met with the other InternChina office workers who proceeded to show me the delights of street bbq and the potent attractions of LPG bar. After which I stumbled back across the city in search of my apartment (which I had only briefly seen earlier that night), a few wrong turns, an angry old woman and 4 buildings later, I found it.
My flat is very modern and furnished, with a large bedroom (complete with airconditioning), living room (with a big tv), bathroom (with two showers!!) and kitchen (now stocked with noodles and cookies). These small comforts make it easy to live in such a new and alien city.

InternChina – Cheers!
InternChina – Panorama

My first few days at the office have been very busy but I enjoy meeting new people and definitely can’t complain about my awesome fellow InternChina workers……

Or the weather and window view…

Can’t wait to get out and explore this amazing city and share many adventures with our interns!
Right, I think that’s enough about me for now but watch this space for exciting new topics!
I look forward to meeting all of our current interns soon and welcome any new ones to Qingdao in the future!

Zai Jian 🙂

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The famous Jimo hot springs

Hey all,
Just wanted to make a quick post about our hot spring journey yesterday. Was pretty nice, but sadly we werent allowed to take pictures there. So after we asked a slipper- and towel rearranging lady to take a group picture of us in one of the waterthingies, we had a security guard on our heels the whole time, just to make sure we abide the rules. Chinese really like rules, but for the mudbath we got an exception. We could go in with our swimming trunks on. But actually, the rule to go in the mud as god created us, wasn’t that dumb. My flowertrunks will never be as bright as they used to be :(.

Oh ja, we still took some pictures (which I will add later the day).

InternChina-Visiting the bath house in Jimo
InternChina-The InternChina team in Jimo

Oki doki, have a nice upcoming week and soon CHRISTMAS.

in Qingdao
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Football Game Champions!

InternChina- Qingdao Interns Football Team

Every Thursday we host a six against six football league with lots of interns involved.  It is located on Beach #1 (flood lit pitch).  Interns from France, Germany, Canada, United Kingdom, China, United States (interns and locals).  Intern China won the championship and won a cool trophy to show off that is in our office.  This is a picture of the team above.

Check out for a good look at what Beach #1 is all about!