Wednesday, February 28, 2007

I'm back from Yang Shuo..Continued...III

The next day...Bikes again.And...Hot air ballooning!Again...very cheap...80 yuan. (10 bucks)In America you can't even get in a hot air balloon for $10.This was my first time in one of these things.Because of the karst mountains, they couldn't just let us float around.They kept us attached to a rope and took us up about 1,500 ft. or so for about 15 or 20 minutes.Later on we ended up down by the

Tuesday, February 27, 2007

I'm back from Yang Shuo...Continued...II

After a while in the Jade Dragon Village, we decided to head down the road to a place called Shangri-La.There are a lot of places called Shangri-La in China.But not before grabbing a shot of the town water buffalo and her calf.We caught some rain on the way, so we pulled over at a bridge and hung out under some trees until the rain subsided.Shangri-La is kind of like a Chinese amusement park that

Monday, February 26, 2007

I'm back from Yang Shuo..Continued

So in Fu Li, they have a local market that I just had to check out.It was similar to the Fear Factor market in my hometown.Fresh chicken in a basket.Picking out dinner.Bundled up tight.Another local market. This one had clothes and other goods.Fu Li is supposed to be a great little town. I prefer great little villages.This place really didn't have too much to offer.I was trying to be

Sunday, February 25, 2007

I'm back from Yang Shuo

Hello everybody.I just got back from my 2 weeks vacation.Traveling in China this time of year is just CRAZY!!This is the time of Chinese Spring Festival or the Chinese new year.Everybody in China is traveling to see their relatives.Many people work in different cities to support their families.So the trains are bus stations are packed with people trying to get tickets to go home.I was planning to

Monday, February 5, 2007

English Competition and Oops, We Did it Again!

Today the school had it's annual English competition for the Chinese English teachers.We had 28 teachers from from the Junior 1 2 an 3 grades.It took about 2 and a half hours.It started about 9am.I teach the junior 1 students, so some of these teachers I haven't had the chance to talk with very much.So this was the first time to hear some of them speak (English).I was very impressed to say the

Saturday, February 3, 2007

Chinese Spring Break

OK...The exams are over and all the papers have been graded.So, the headmaster of the school invited some of the teachers out for dinner.One of the favorite pass times here in Changxing is to go out to dinner with friends and family.I've managed to get by for 7 months here in China without doing much drinking.And I mean serious drinking where everybody had to slam their drinks and then they fill