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Happy birthday to me!

4 Nov

had a great night out for my birthday, danced up a storm, it was terrific.
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Hao jiu bu jian! (long time no see!)

24 Oct

Hi!
some recent photos and a video of crazy proportions! This restuarant is very very delicious, its called Big xinjiang, and is a Muslim BBQ place. Also next saturday it will be the venue for my birthday party!
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if you have a spare three minutes check out this video i took of the above boys and their performance last week.

My New shoes

24 Sep

Bought some house slippers today… A bargain at onl 2.90yuan (about 55c)
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Then i took a closer look when i got home…
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WTF? Hike? Crazy China, just crazy.

Some random picture adventures.

14 Sep

Here is a collection of images from my walk around town last night to find me some proper Chinese foods.
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This is my Apartment building in the Universities compound.
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A wedding archway. Usually when some one gets married their apartment complex sets up this kind of entrance way, then has a red carpet all the way to the couples door. Fire cracker remnants littered the ground like red snow.
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The typical area of Binzhou, the centre of town is much nicer though.
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After i had eaten ( i didnt get a chance to photograph my food) i went for the long walk back home, but stopped past here to see the show. just around the corner was a classical instrument show with singing and plenty of Erhu playing. Whats an Erhu you say? Why its one of these!…
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Say hello to my little friend ( scarface reference anyone?)
practising today… not so good.. like some one was skinning a cat! haha

Sweat never looked so good.

9 Sep

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I have been wandering around Binzhou for four days. and i have noticed a peculiar phenomenon. it would seem I am sweating like its a 45degree day! All around me calm, serene Chinese bask in the beautiful Autumn weather, and here i am, the strange freckley foreign girl sweating like im a stuck pig! Personally, i put it down to the fact that i came straight from winter weather in Aus to here, coupled with that, i live on the 5th floor of an apartment building and climbing the stairs is a sweat work-out in itself! People stare at you like your a strange creature, and usually all i have to do is smile or say Ni Hao! to make them smile back, Usually i will get asked ‘where are you from’ and ‘can you speak chinese’ at least once a day, at most times three or four.

Everything has been a journey here, i have to figure out how to do almost everything. Becasue of this though i do have a sense of self empowerment.in the past four days i have had to figure out how to order my own drinking water, use a purely chinese washing machine, find shortcuts to the kindergarten, find peoples offices, buy electrictiy amongst other things. Binzhou has changed so much that i can not rely on my previous experience here as a definitive guide to ‘life in China’. Most of my favourite restuarants are gone, whole shopping areas are gone, streets that were just dirt roads are now fully paved and lined with trees, street food vendors are near impossible to find and little alleyway cheap shops are done. But the biggest change is the gas/electricity in my apartment. Last time i came here i was fully funded by the university, but now i have had to buy my own electricity ( which we apparently get an allowance for) and the gas is mains gas, which used to be a bottle under the burners, which we also get an allowance for. Binzhou is looking more beautiful for sure, But to me it seems as if this is another different city altogether, save for the same faces of the people i met last time. Overall i tend to spend a lot of time in my apartment, I dont have a bike yet, so taking a taxi into town seems like a mega luxury to me. I am sure it will all make sense soon enough!
Well at least today has beautiful blue skies and clean air.

Awake in China

8 Sep

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I have arrived. Beijing was a smoggy city when i got there, and until i came to Binzhou three days later i hadnt showered. its nice to have your own place… but i have already had an issue with the electricity! This morning i had Cha Ye Dan for breakfast, which is tea boiled eggs. this is a standard chinese breakfast,and delicious! I will take a photo of my breakfast for you to see the difference in our western foods.

Besides my minor setbacks, i am still high spirited! come on China, bring on the challenges!

P.s This will be my major blog from now until i return in one year, please update your bookmarks from the blogger site (blogger and blogspot are blocked in China!)