Wednesday, October 11, 2006
Even though I don't get up for it very often, my favorite meal is breakfast. These are steamed dumplings filled with pork sausage...
...but these are my favorite! They're dumplings filled with pork sausage and pan-fried. I go to the same place for breakfast almost every day.
I just went to the grocery store, let's see what's in the fridge. Oh, take a look at this. Yep, that's right, yougurt is a beverage in China. This one is strawberry, and it toally beats strawberry milk.
Oooh! This is the best ice cream bar in China.
I like these cookies. They're covered in black sesame seeds, and inside is a kind of sweet bean paste. Sounds gross, but they kinda taste like peanut butter.
My favorite thing here by far is all the fresh produce. Look at these tiny mandarin oranges!
These are called li in China, and nashi in Japan. In the US they are known as Asian Pears. They are crisp like apples and taste like lovely, fresh ripe pears.
This is xiao bai cai, Chinese cabbage. It's similar, but not quite the same as what I've seen in the US labelled as bok choy.This is a staple vegetable here.
Sounds good? Okay, let's cook some up. Lot's of garlic, of course, a quick trip in a wok...
So, now who gets the ice cream for dessert?
Tuesday, October 03, 2006
"The finest rockets ever seen..."
"They burst in stars of blue and green..."
"And after thunder, golden showers..."
"Came falling like a rain of flowers."
Tuesday, September 26, 2006
Here's the fruit market, just a few steps from school.
What should we buy? Keep in touch to see...
Friday, September 22, 2006
Thursday, September 21, 2006
Monday, September 18, 2006
This is Dustin, the other new English teacher at our university this year. He's a Texan. He's eating dopi (dopey) here, a common breakfast food: egg, sticky rice, chicken and mushrooms.
I only have one class currently because my other two class groups are freshmen. All freshmen in China start out college with a month of military training. I won't see my freshmen until the second week in October, after fall holiday.
Good to see you again!
Thursday, September 14, 2006
Alright, I'll just show you around. Just over here, not too far from my apartment is building #1, the Foreign Languages Department (woo hoo, we're #1!). This is where I teach all but one of my classes.
Okay, let's cut through the park. This is a nice little scenic area in the middle of campus.
Yep, there's the pagoda. That's the stereotypical image of China, but it's a form of arcitecture that isn't used much anymore, except in a decorative sense. There's seats inside, kind of like a gazebo, and it's surrounded by a pond with lilypads. At night, the pagoda lights up like a christmas tree.
This is the campus statue. It's name is something like "morning dew" or "dew and sunrise." My name for it is "It's so hot in Wuhan even the statue sweats."
Behind it is building #2, where I have just one class. This is the sight you see when you come in the front gates.
You have to go? Okay. Thanks for walking with me! I'll see you again soon.
Sunday, September 10, 2006
As requested, here are some photos of my balcony and the outside of buildings. These are not pictures of the outside of my building, but the outside of buildings you can see from my window. They are very similar in appearance to my building. I took these a couple days ago when it was raining and I had to stay in. What? An Oregonian refusing to go out in the rain? Well, brother, when you have to go everywhere on foot you're a whole lot less apt to go out in the rain if you don't have to. Wet clothes take a long time to dry when this is your only dryer...
These are cables on the roof over my balcony. They are for drying clothes. Electric clothes dryers are unheard of here since both appliances and electricity are expensive. In this next picture you can see the blue stick I use to hang the clothes on hangers from the wires. The clothes lines are too high up to reach...that way you can stand out on the balcony and not have to dodge wet clothes. Clothes hanging t odry on a balcony or outside a window is a very common sight here in China.
Not a fabulous picture, but it's hard to take a good one in a small space. Here's the view outside my living room window. Yes, there are bars on it. But remember, I'm on the fifth floor. I am not sure why these bars are there, but I think they are more to prevent people from falling out than for keeping people from getting in.
Here's the same view from the kitchen bay window (the one with the fans from my last post) which has no bars. You can see the hanging laundry here. I know at least some of the Chinese faculty is housed in this building.
"Yes, yes, Christense, it's all very well and good with the buildings, but how about some people?" Well, I'm working on it. This is reflective of my experience here, first I have to acclimate myself to my surroundings before I can begin building relationships with people. Soon!
Tuesday, September 05, 2006
Welcome to my place! Let me show you around. We're in China, though, so first you need to take off your shoes and put on some house shoes, like this...
Here we are in the main room. There's the dining area. Sorry it's a bit messy. I just moved in, you know.
Here's that English language magazine I bought when I took a walk and got caught in the rainstorm. It's interesting reading.
And here's my couch...it's also a futon.
Okay, back here's the kitchen. On the counter there is my oven. It's smaller than at home, but I'm told the last english teachers baked cookies and everything in it. On the counter beneath is my microwave.
Here's my cooktop. It's set in a bay window. It's gas-powered and those two fans are for ventilation.
Okay, back here on the other side of the living room is my spare bedroom. Outside is the balcony where I dry my laundry.
And finally, here's my bedroom!
Not bad, huh? That's it. Thanks for stopping by. Would you like something to drink before you go? I have some apple fanta!
all right then. I'll see you later. Bye!