The walkway will soon be gone!!
Well, I am feeling guilty for not posting anything for awhile. We are in the middle of a week off school but Nancy was writing her end-of-term final paper for the course she is taking at the moment so we haven't done much except truck around the area and vegetate. After getting up at 6:00am to start teaching at 7:30 for the last few months, I haven't minded having a good break! Not to mention it has given me a chance to get caught up on some of the marking that I have been putting off for too long.
Yesterday, we put up a mosquito net around our bed that we purchased last week. The bugs aren't bad but we hear they will soon get worse so we are getting ready. Apparently the flies can be worse than the mosquitoes, not because either are dangerous here, but just annoying. The netting actually looks very nice, very la di da canopy thing that pulls open on all sides. We ended up getting a size too large for our bed but have decided to keep it and make it more permanent by changing the plastic corner uprights with painted wooden dowels.
Front Balcony Left
There's a street down there somewhere...we're looking at the tops of these trees from our fourth floor.
Last Monday night we picked up our hand-tailored shirts. They fit to a T and look great. Now we just have to find an occasion to wear them. We have found out since that there are shops where we can get pretty much anything made on Tailor Street, even to the point of bringing in a picture of something we saw in a magazine or catalogue. You pick out the material you want from the literally hundreds (if not thousands) available and show them the picture. They take your measurements and that is it. For the prices charged, it is a great way to go. I have a feeling that we will be back to get more in the future.
We had some torrential downpours this week in between the sunny weather. The thunder and lightning storms really are something to see and remind me of the storms I grew up with in Quebec. Weather such as this was a rare occurrence in Princeton. It is great to hear the wind howling and the ground shaking as the thunder crashes around the buildings. And after the rain, the air is not much cooler than before. It is a miracle
Looking down the pathway of Block A. We live in building A8, friends live on the same side at the other end in A1.
how much humidity can remain airborne around here. The evenings are almost as warm as the days. It has been in the 30s most of the week but is a bit cooler er today.
Last night it was Pizza Hut for dinner and Starbucks for coffee. We are still mainly living on local cuisine but it is nice to have a change every once in awhile and hit the western places. I had to laugh as I looked at the huge sign on the wall in Pizza Hut..."now 123,000 ocatione arourd the world." Ok, in all fairness, the "l" has fallen off but "locations" still wouldn't have worked and I guess nobody noticed or cared about "arourd". 😊 As everyone knows, you see this kind of thing all over China. I loved the sports shirts in one of the shops I got a t-shirt. On one side of the buttons it said "SPORT" and the other side, "SWEAR". It was close but still no cigar. I would start keeping a photojournal of all the funny signs and logos I see but it has been too many time already!! Oh hell, I might do it anyway...It could be a book
Front Balcony Right
The hub of activity for Vanke. Restaurants, grocery store and hair dresser along with other things.
And we still run into the odd person that speaks English. The clerk in one of the shops we went into last night spoke almost perfect English. As Nancy was trying something on in the back, the young woman started a conversation with me, as they always do. Turned out it was her third day on the job. She was an English major at a nearby university and this was a part-time job. She was thrilled that we had come in and she could talk English to somebody! We said we would come back sometime and chat again. However, those that can are few and far between. We walked into a couple of eyeglass places yesterday since we both need new glasses but no luck. We'll have to return with one of our Chinese speaking friends to get anywhere on that score unless we luck out beforehand and find one that is able to communicate in English.
I have included a few photos of the views from our balcony and the front entrance to our building. You can see the plants are taking over since the last photos I took of the complex. One of the
Front Balcony Straight
Notice all the roses!!
security guards appeared as I was snapping the entrance photo and in sign language said there were no photos allowed. He was very nice about it but I managed to get the picture anyway. I am not sure why photos can't be taken of the doorway but it probably as something to do with security. We have an army of guards around here that watch over everything and run a tight ship. You would think it was the real army, the way they conduct themselves and take everything so seriously. They even have regular drills and the whole nine yards. And one is always standing at attention at the main gate entrance in front of his little box. It is not Buckingham Palace but it's the closest we are gonna get!!
Anyway, time to go. Nothing too earth-shattering this week as you can see. We are thinking of checking out Yellow Crane Tower in the next couple of days if the weather holds. It is one of the main tourist attractions here.
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