What to expect when you visit our home
helpful guidelines for visitors)
Some of our first-time visitors are nervous
about visiting an American’s home. Don’t be! We are a very casual family,
and we love to have guests. But, if it makes you more comfortable to know
what to expect or how to act, here are our “nine guidelines” for visitors.
1. Please don't bring a gift unless you
want to bring a small snack to put on the table for guests to eat (and
this is not necessary either).
2. It is normally OK to bring a friend, but
it is best to ask us by phone/message in advance if possible (you would be
embarrassed to find no seats, if others "signed up" for all available
places!). If something happens
at the last minute so you can't come as expected, don't worry about it. We understand!
3. Because of Chinese laws, guests must be
over 18 years old, unless they are accompanied by a parent or teacher.
4. When you arrive, come in quickly and close the door (to keep
bugs or hot/cold air out). We have a few pairs of slippers, but for big
groups you can just wear your shoes.
5. Feel free to look all around the
apartment and ask questions about our decorations (many have a special
story, and we love to explain!). Likewise, we LOVE to answer your
questions about games, movies, holiday customs, etc. Don't be afraid to
6. If there is food on the table, help
yourself! No one will "ask you three times" to eat or drink
(like your mom would ask us, if we visited your home!). We expect
that you will take what you like and leave everything else. Water and
one-time-use cups are always available if you ask.
7. On movie nights, we almost always show films in English
with English subtitles. Normally, an on-line study guide is posted at www.krigline.com.cn/movies.htm.
We highly recommend that you look at this before the show so you can
understand the English better.
8. We may make some comments about
the film before we start or during the film (these are often things on the study guide). We
often take a break in the middle of the film (for refreshments and
questions). After the film, we normally have a few discussion questions.
Try to participate!
9. After the film or activity, you are welcome to stay
and talk. Leave whenever you are ready, but don't leave alone. If the
movie ends late, we don't want our female guests to walk away
alone (if there is no one else, I may escort you to the bus stop).
There. Now you know what to expect! We are
looking forward to a wonderful time together!