This evening I spent time in McDonald's doing my Chinese homework. There are too many distractions at home, such as my laptop, guitar and bed for sleeping. So when I need time to really concentrate, I go to McDonald's.
Back in Britain, McDonald's is a last-resort for quick nutrition but in China it is somewhat of a luxury because it is expensive compared to native Chinese food. McDonald's is the restaurant for the aspirational middle classes.
McDonald's makes me feel like I am back at home. Except for the menu I can't understand and the hoards of Chinese. The staff now knows to hand me the picture menu when they see me. It's a nice place to sit down after a long day. I am a fan of the Swedish-style furniture, wood-panelled walls and the colour-scheme that is made up of 4 shades of brown. The staff are very helpful and you are not expected to clear your own rubbish. I still do so out of habit and they awkwardly try and take it out of my hands before I get to the bin.
I come here to work, to have a chat with my friends over a coffee and to eat double-cheeseburgers. Yes, I do need my fix of processed beef and cheese.