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Asia » China » Hubei » Wuhan December 1st 2010

I got the apartment cleaned up and modestly decorated. My old roommate went to go do research at Yale and I got a new roommate Chen Jiao, a very sweet girl my age who is in her 5th undergraduate year studying veterinary medicine. (All medicine undergraduate programs are 5 years.) She was just living by the Chinese Academy of Sciences so that she could complete her undergraduate thesis research here. Now she finished her research, so she has already moved out. We had fun jogging, watching some Chinese movies I didn't understand and also Desperate Housewives together : ) Also one evening she and her boyfriend made me dinner which was really nice of them. I feel bad one night I invited her to Vox without knowing what the band would be like and it was ... read more
Flowers Blooming
Happy National Day!
Cooking With New Food

Asia » China » Hubei » Wuhan November 23rd 2010

First post of this school year! How lazy of me. I don't know if I mentioned it, but this year I'm teaching grades three and four. They are all grades that I've taught before, as well as children that I've taught before. It's been fun so far. I'm also taking six hours a week of Chinese lessons, and starting to learn character reading and writing. This past week was parents week, which means that the mothers and fathers of the children could come to the school to watch our classes. That meant a bit of extra stress, in terms of making everything especially shiny, but things are back to the normal routine now. I won teacher of the year at my school, which meant going to a ceremony where they gave me a plaque. So, now ... read more

Asia » China » Hubei » Wuhan November 17th 2010

Wuhan or 武汉 in the Chinese characters is the capital of Hubei province in central China. Wuhan is situated in the middle of Hubei Province, 113°41′-115°05′ East, 29°58′-31°22′ North, It lies at the east of Jianghan Plain, and the intersection of the middle reaches of the Yangtze and Han River..Arising out of the conglomeration of three boroughs, Wuchang, Hankou, and Hanyang, Wuhan is known as "the nine provinces' leading thoroughfare"; it is a major transportation hub, with dozens of railways, roads and expressways passing through the city. The city of Wuhan, first termed as such in 1927, has a population of approximately 9,100,000 people (2006), with about 6,100,000 residents in its urban area. Wuhan is recognized as the political, economic, financial, cultural, educational and transportation center of central China. The metropolitan area comprises three parts - ... read more

Asia » China » Hubei » Wuhan November 4th 2010

Lots of movies depicting the Wuhan clan. But not in todays world. Wuhan is a bustling Industrial city now known for lotus roots and of course manufacturing. It was very foggy and the day started off with a visit to the yellow crane temple which was built on a hill 1700 years ago. Lots of steps and terrasses to walk up. We climbed a huge pagoda which didn't seem original since there was an elevator in the middle of it. I think 1700 hundred years ago the elevators were not invented yet. I could be wrong. This city is also in construction mode as all the others I been to. China is in the 21st century, and have an oportunity to plan it right. They are on the right track, I am happy to say. They ... read more
Favorite past time Decorating Buildings with neons
Waking up to another city
Yellow Crane Temple

Asia » China » Hubei » Wuhan November 3rd 2010

Yes, this is officially blog number 100 since my first entry on February 18, 2008 . 66057 words and 1816 photos later, the China saga continues! We have certainly settled in to life in China and feel quite comfortable getting around compared to when we first arrived. Ok, so this one is a little late in coming but better late than never. What with personal issues combined with the end of term, it has been a busy couple of weeks. This is the third Halloween party we have had at the school. We have come a long way from "What the hell is Halloween?" to where we are now. It is not a big deal here, which is surprising, since most people love to dress outrageously at the best of times and the ability to get ... read more
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Asia » China » Hubei » Wuhan October 31st 2010

Vox is probably the most popular expat bar/club in Wuchang. It's apparently where Wuhan's underground music scene all goes down. I guess Wuhan doesn't have a huge underground music scene : ) Usually Chinese people show up for the concerts and then at around midnight the drunken expats start coming in. I saw that a local punk band was playing on Friday and I didn't have plans so I thought I would check it out. Turns out it was a Celtic punk band! Awesome!! Also (probably because they are local), the club was packed and everyone was going crazy. People had hands with the "rock" symbol up in the air and firsts and stuff. Also there was a red banner like the communist party banners about "creating a stable and harmonious society" except it said "rock ... read more
Dead Fish
Sylvie and Friend

Asia » China » Hubei » Wuhan October 25th 2010

Another first term is coming to an end and another Sports Day is over. Here are a bunch of shots from last week and a little video of our fast food lunch being made on a nearby food street!... read more
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Asia » China » Hubei » Wuhan October 19th 2010

Thanks to Catherine's Dad's heroic driving we've been able to get around the city pretty well. But I would be lying if I told you I wasn't just a bit terrified of the daily commute. Last time we were here in early 2009 the traffic was really bad. Now it is definitely horrendous! Wuhan's been developing at such a break-neck pace that it's transportation system hasn't been able to keep up so the roads are clogged with cars, buses and black smoke belching transport trucks. It's really kind of hard to describe what driving is like in China so I'll try to sum it up by giving you what seems to be the unofficial "rules" of the road: 1. There are no rules, just drive however you want. 2. Red lights are only a suggestion for ... read more

Asia » China » Hubei » Wuhan October 15th 2010

The weather is quite warm here at around 17-23 degrees but the first 5 days were rainy. We spent a lot of time eating as usual since Catherine's mom loves cooking and seems to have an unlimited amount of recipes. We visited her sister's newly built apartment. It has a very modern chic design including mult-level ceilings, spotlights and an impressive chandalier that flashes with different color LED lights. Shopping was also top on the list of things to do and in Wuhan there seems to be an endless number of choices. There's one cellular store that's about as big as a grocery store, a mall so big it takes more than a day to see all the shops and the variety is just stunning. Back in Canada there may be a lot of stores too ... read more

Asia » China » Hubei » Wuhan October 13th 2010

My wife and I are making our 3rd trip to China to spend time with her family in Wuhan. As usual we spent the night at Toronto's Airport for our 6:30am flight to save some money as the tickets are very expensive for such a long flight (about $3200 total cost). We could have taken a direct flight to China but decided to take the best deal with Continental which involved making a connection to Newark in New York, Shanghai then to Wuhan. This was our first flight to New York and thankfully the sky was clear allowing us to get a glimpse of the Manhattan skyline. It was a bit far away to see many details but it was still an impressive site to see the wall of skyscrapers along the horizon. Our flight from ... read more

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