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Asia » China » Jiangsu » Danyang December 7th 2009

With some trial software I put together this panorama view from right outside of our fifth story apartment (that's 80 stairs up and 80 stairs down) here at the school campus. Not much of a view, but many days and nights have been spent just looking out over our school campus, listening to the dull roar of the students as they take their ten minute breaks, the rattling and pounding of the cafeteria right below us, along with the occasional barbecue on the balcony and more than a few glasses of wine, just taking it all in. One night while barbecuing some steaks a freak storm drove in and within a minute or two began pounding us with hail the size of nickels, we had to open the window for fear it would break the glass. ... read more
Get your whole chicken here...
This is seafood...specifically - jellyfish!
Live river eels...

Asia » China » Jiangsu » Danyang November 29th 2009

China! Since our huge National Day celebration last month, China has been in the news more then Tiger Woods getting a smack down from his wife for fooling around with a party girl, ala Elliot Spitzer. Everyday we are reading all about China impacting the world; From ethnic uprisings on the Pakistan border and in Tibet, to National Day pride on their 60th Anniversary of the PRC, to Asia propping up the dollar and leading the world out of the recession, to the execution of folks responsible for the tainted milk scandal last year, to the detention in black jails of folks w... read more
Wine Sampler at Latitude...
Champagne in Shanghai...
Homemade Dumplings

Asia » China » Jiangsu » Danyang November 4th 2009

A few weeks ago for a class lesson on the importance of taking notes, I put together a Powerpoint presentation of the Seven Most Popular Theme Parks in the World. Needless to say, my students paid extra attention, especially when the "Disney-esque" theme park in Beijing was mentioned. Not only did I have some updated shots of Minnie and Mickey (they look JUST like Disney's Minnie and Micket...hmmmmm), I also had to explain the theme parks slogan: Disney is too far away, come here!...naturally a conversation about copyright and infringement followed but it's just standard business practice over here and the kids know it. And just today I read that the real Walt Disney has agreed to begin construction on their largest theme park yet - in Shanghai. The initial resort, with a mix of shopping ... read more
The whole class at Halloween...
Candi as Housewife...
Candi, Alice, and Rita...

Asia » China » Jiangsu » Danyang October 7th 2009

Chinese National Day Our students were giddy and down right rambunctious last week as our school, and the entire nation, prepared to celebrate the 60th anniversary of the People’s Republic of China on October 1st. Our kids knew the facts (the PRC won the revolution and the losers limped over to Taiwan and started their own government there), knew the reason (Mao is very much a hero over here much to the chagrin of anyone who knows history and how many people he killed with his insanity), and also knew they were getting an unprecedented vacation from school - eight days off because this National Day coincided with another Chinese holiday, Autumn Festival. Jennifer and I also got eight days off from teaching so along with watching the huge parade on television in the morning, we ... read more
Tanks and guns and guns and tanks...
China girls...
Iran is drooling...

Asia » China » Jiangsu » Danyang September 23rd 2009

Still Humming About Tibet Hey! everyday the power of the internet and blogs continues to amaze me. After my blogs on Tibet I received comments and messages from people all over the world expressing their gratitude (you are welcome, Becky), and their outrage (most were Chinese and not well-informed). Anyway, thank you everyone for your heartfelt messages and if I did not comment on your comment, rest assured it's not because I've been too busy, it's because my ethics, morality, and good old sense of right and wrong will not be compromised, and the Delete key is soooo close. :) So, Jenny and I got back from our seven-week summer vacation a few weeks back and we managed to unpack, enjoy one nice homecoming meal on our little patio barbecue grill and before we could say ... read more

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Asia » China » Jiangsu » Danyang July 23rd 2009

Check out the map above. We are using it to show our travel plans starting from our home city, DanYang, and then four to five weeks of trains, planes, taxis, trikes, and just plain walking. Itinerary Zhenjiang (Jiangsu Province) From our city, DanYang, we are starting with a fast train to Zhenjiang (because DanYang is so small we can't get to our first stop, Jinan, from here). Then we hop on another train that travels all night and Friday morning we will be arriving in Jinan. Jinan (Shandong/Henan Province) Only in Jinan for a few hours but we are coming back in a few days to see the city, we then hop on a fast train for four hours to the home of the best Chinese Beer Festival in the country - Qingdao (pronounced Cheeng-dow), and ... read more

Asia » China » Jiangsu » Danyang July 22nd 2009

Before moving to China in January, 2009, a year of researching taught me there are two issues not to be broached over here in the Middle Kingdom. All of the foreigners on all the message boards and websites call them The Big T’s; Tienanmen Square is one, and Tibet the other. For weeks after my arrival I danced around these issues when they came up. I remained polite and servile, wanting to be the good tourist, an Ambassador from the USA. But after a while I became more comfortable with my new home and noticed my hosts continued talking about both of the Big T’s as if they are both just topics of conversation like the weather, or the education system, or the joys of hot dumplings and milk tea. Both topics have come up many ... read more

Asia » China » Jiangsu » Danyang July 14th 2009

Hello from the thriving metropolis of DanYang, China. It's early Tuesday evening here, pouring rain right now, mixed with some small hail, which is not unusual for this place and time of year. It is in the mid-90's during the day with high humidity and it does not cool off in the evening but just like Tampa, Florida, we get some great storms here! Me and Monkey Girl (they have a children's TV show here called the Monkey King and that nickname cracks her up!) are in the last week of teaching Summer Camp at my high school, Sheng Dan Zhong, and it has clearly been a 'hit or miss' experience for both of us. More on the trials and tribulations of teaching in China later... I was headed out to shoot some pool tonight (believe ... read more
On the lake...
Wedded bliss...
Wedding pics...

Asia » China » Jiangsu » Danyang June 22nd 2009

Went out for a nice meal this evening for our once a week date night :), and although at 6:00pm, it was a balmy 94 degrees here in DanYang, the #1 bus offered us a nice breeze and for 1 yuan apiece, you just can't beat the scenery, the smells, the immersion deep into everyday life here in central China. We love taking the bus these days basically because a cab gouges us for 6 yuan (about .60) but the bus takes us to the same place, albeit with a little xtra diesel fuel for flavor, and costs only 1 yuan (about .10) We could always take the three-wheeled rickshaw for 5 yuan (.50) but we just hate seeing these middle-to-graveyard-old men (none of younger than 60 years old) sweating and grunting to pedal our lazy ... read more
Class 6, Last Day before Summer
Class 9, Last Day before Summer

Asia » China » Jiangsu » Danyang June 13th 2009

I almost ran right smack into her, which would have been awful because like most of the Chinese students here, she is barely five feet tall and I doubt she weighs 100 pounds soaking wet. With Audioslave blaring in my iPod, and sweat dripping off my bald head and stinging my eyes, I was on my 2nd lap around our high school track in the middle of the day. It's hot here now, so hot the surface of the track seems to stick to my running shoes just enough to pull me back and make me feel sluggish, as if I'm running on a burnt sienna moon in a dream. I looked up with just enough time to see her, veer sharply, jerk my shoulder around and dodge her without leaving more than a few drops ... read more




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