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Published: October 2nd 2006
Hans, my new colleague. A warm-hearted, generous and amusing person with whom to spend time. We have many thought provoking discussions and I anticipate working with him with much pleasure. It is great to meet someone even more passionate and committed to their profession than I.
My new colleague Hans (Schneider) has arrived a couple of months early in order to settle in before the start of the new school year in September. We hit it off immediately and have had a number of stimulating conversations about life, the universe and everything. In his first couple of weeks here he has made a big impression on the locals, especially due to his penchant for taking a myriad of photos of what many people here would probably consider mundane and of little interest. An added bonus is Hans brought his camera printer dock with him and so he is able to take photos one day, then give his subjects a copy the very next day. As you can imagine, they absolutely love this.
Hans was here last summer to “scope” the place out and meet his friend Arthur (our boss) whom he met via the internet, so he is fairly familiar with the place in general. However, he, like myself, is an avid explorer and disappears for hours wandering around the back streets to experience the everyday life of the locals and to get “a real feel” for Taizhou and her inhabitants. In my busy lead up
Hans' New Friend
Despite the language barrier, people are instantly drawn to Hans' natural affability, as was this neighbour of ours! She simply spotted Hans and literally ran to him with a big smile on her face to the surprise of everyone, including her mother!
to the end of term I have been unable to take the time out to show him around, so I am grateful for his independence and “adventurer’s” spirit. Rather ironically, it is he who has encouraged me to take a break and join him in exploring some of the places he has enjoyed in recent weeks. I thought I’d share some of the more “natural” highlights of Taizhou not previously showcased on my blogs.
A brief note about the most recent changes to the format of this site. You will probably have noticed that instead of showing all the photos in a larger format with captions and text detail, most of the photos are now shown merely as thumbnails with no captions or explanations unless you click on individual photos. I’m really disappointed about this change, as I think it really detracts from the its user-friendly nature, the visual appeal and I feel it will decrease interest in the site. If you have any comments either way, I would encourage you to post comments on the blog and I will forward them to the admin folk. I have already posted a comment on the forum voicing my disappointment. It
Tranquility in Mei Leifang Garden
One of the first places Hans took me to was Mei Leifang Garden, named after, and once owned by, a famous local Beijing Opera star.
seems this has happened since they added the “add videos” feature, which although a great asset to those who use it is not a priority for me, especially if it means detracting from the display of the still photos. What do you think?
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