Archive for November 22nd, 2006

The Lost Photos

22 November 06

I was just checking through my bookmark folder when I came across Photobucket – an image hosting site. I had forgotten that last year I created an account and uploaded some photos. I remembered that I had uploaded them, but then lost track of them. So here they are!

These pictures were taken on 1 October 2005, China’s National Day, in Shijiazhuang, China. We (DH, American T & Me) spent the day in the park – being stared at, eating weird things on a stick, and chatting with a little Chinese girl.

The crowded streets & lovely air quality

Me in the park

Decorations in the park
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More crowds & me in the middle of it all
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Our table in the park where we chatted with a little Chinese girl in English. She ordered her father to buy us beers!

Our favorite restaurant at the Shijiazhuang airport (that no longer exists) The Mongols. Here – a waitress, DH and the American T

Our favorite meal – Pork in Fish Sauce with Boiled & Barbequed Bread

The DH digging in. He is quite handy with the chopsticks!

I can’t believe that these photos are more than one year old! When these were taken I was still very new to China and every day was an adventure. (Actually, that is still pretty true!)


Cold Days & Mobile Phones

22 November 06

Today was a cold, rainy & windy day – miserable. I had to put on every coat that I brought with me just to stay warm! I thought that this part of China was supposed to have mild weather, but I was wrong.

Looks like I am going to have to go one more step native and buy a pair of long-johns. The rush on long-johns is long over, so I should be able to shop in peace. (Last year in October, I blogged about how everyone in Shijiazhuang was rushing to the department stores to buy long-johns for the winter.)

I got a SIM card for my mobile phone today so I feel very connected again. Mobile phones are pretty much a necessity everywhere in the world these days. In China, as in most places, the race is on to purchase the latest, top of the line phone. Everyone has one. I myself use a Motorola that is evidently only sold in the Asian market. While it is quite fancy, it is fast falling behind and I soon will be ashamed to pull it out. I’m kind of out of touch with mobile phone technology in the US, but it seems to me that Asia is leaps & bounds ahead of the US in their passion for the cell. Is that true?

One last thing – and you’re probably gonna wish I didn’t share this! I am officially and completely desensitized to filthy bathrooms! I think at this point I could use anything as long as it has a door, and I’m pretty sure I could even do without the privacy were the situation to arise. This is what China does to you!