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Archive for February, 2011

I’ve heard good things about “temple fairs” but I can’t say the one we went to in Guangzhou last week was that good. It was actually quite disappointing. From other sites out there I get the impression that you can see lots of old Chinese customs and culture at these fairs. Originally they were largely […]

Susan wanted some alone time or maybe a nap so I took Katherine for a walk. Naturally I went as fast as I could down the road, across the Haiyin Bridge, made a left, and then a right, and finally ran into the photo market. Muwahahahah. I ran through the market checking out all of […]

Spotted this crew on a corner. The guy was shouting something and they were clearly advertising something. Getting closer I discovered what that something was when a condom was thrust into my hand. Apparently there is a revolutionary material out there, and these guys are trying to get the rest of the people to rise […]

We went to a park with Katherine and the inlaws. Here are a few photos.

I didn’t go as I had to work, but Susan and her brother went to a concert with some famous Hong Kong singer, a one “Jacky Chueng.  Unfortunately, Susan did not end up with the D700 and 70-200 as I had forgotten about the concert and took the 700 to work. Susan instead showed up […]

Another post from the past. Not sure why, but we were out and about for some reason, and discovered the Peasant Movement Institute Museum.  It was free and while kept up, it didn’t appear to have received the makeover that many tourist sites got prior to the Asian games. This was really a memorial to […]

This happened a while back, but due to the winter course and a desire to complete the write up of my New Year trip, I am only now getting to it.

All vacations must come to an end, and this one was no different.  On Sunday we went to a small city park and walked around a short bit but mostly sat on the grass eating pickled fruit and peanuts. Then we gathered our things and departed for Guangzhou. Just a couple of photos here.   […]

On Saturday I took Katherine out for a morning walk to give Susan a chance to sleep in a bit. I walked out for an hour or so until I came to some older woman selling these lovely cardboard “doll houses.” I thought it too bad for Katherine that she wasn’t a bit older or […]

Couldn’t sleep this morning so I got up and started processing the BW film that I had used a while back. By now the developer had been sitting  around for months so I wasn’t even sure how well it would work. So I did a bit of mixing, some dunking, some spinning, a lot of […]

On Friday we headed for a nice park, similar to Guangzhou’s Baiyun Park. This park was big and was on a mountain. At first I wasn’t feeling the park. But we walked a bit and came to an open space where we had a picnic of swiss rolls and crackers.  Susan and I walked over […]

Firecrackers served as a wakeup call, albeit a rude one. For the next few days, firecrackers would be heard every morning. After our usual breakfast, we headed off to the flower market. Susan and I wanted to head to town but most other people planned to sit around and watch TV. That is pretty much […]

AT MIDNIGHT, a gazillion lighters lit a bazillion fuses, and countless shells were hurled into the sky. With a hunk of magnesium alloy in each hand, I ran up to the roof to view the fireworks. The show went on for over 30 minutes with the “mortars” flying everywhere and firecrackers banging away. Thankfully I […]

DAY 3 started about 8AM for us, but some were up much earlier. This was New Year’s Eve, so Uncle Buick’s mother was up killing chickens and washing clothes by hand despite the washing machine that was sitting there. Since it is a custom to take a shower on this day so that one is […]

TUESDAY morning was the model for all mornings that would follow. The day started around 9-10AM when breakfast was served. I pretty much skipped the Chinese food and went straight for the banana bread that we brought along with us.

FOUR AM came much too soon for my tastes after the long hours of teacher the day before, but our flight to Nanning was fairly early in the day, so we had to complete final preparations and get ourselves to the airport. Unfortunately, the apartment wasn’t as clean as I would have liked, but it […]