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Lots of stuff

OK, so I haven't updated this for...ever it seems like... wow 10 months!

Its been a while. There has been some pretty exciting things happening. Also lots of boring things. Basically.... its been a while!

Since the last time I blogged I have:

  • Gone through 3 seasons
  • Travelled to Chengdu to catch up with a friend and his pregnant wife
  • Chun Jie (spring festival) at my girlfriends hometown
  • Travelled to Guangzhou/HK with my girlfriend
  • Done one heck of a lot of study and a whole lot more work
  • Moved to a different part of the city for my girlfriends new job (was in the North, now in the South)
  • Travelled to Xinjiang and hiked in the Tian Shan mountains
  • Done one heck of a lot of work

I rang my dad the other day. HE was the one reading my blog! Actually, looking at the page views there have been quite a few people, most are probably just the result of me getting just the right amount of word hits to show up in peoples google searches, but hey, I'll take them!

Right, I will start off with the most exciting things.

Start of the year we headed back to my girlfriends home town for Chun Jie (or Spring Festival). Basically this is the time when everyone goes back to their hometown in China to catch up with all their family and friends. If you hadn't heard, China has rapidly urbanised in the last 30 years or so resulting in a massive amount of people leaving their hometowns to work in east coast cities. So during this period 90% of people go back to their hometowns, causing MASSIVE transit problems and huge people movements. Actually I am surprised the gravity and spin of the earth isn't affected by this mass movement!

We went back to hang out with her family and catch up with friends, just like everyone else. ShiZong was pretty much party town by the time we got there, people letting off ridiculous amounts of fireworks, lots of people drinking, lots of family times and playing with friends. We joined in the action for a week, which to me passed in a blaze of really cold weather combined with lots of baijiu (rice wine - 40%!), sore ears (fireworks) and too much food. Basically, I had a ball! Chen Min's family are all really nice to me and didn't treat me like an outsider at all, I feel like I have already joined the family! Stupidly though, I forgot my camera, all I have is a few measly photos taken by my really bad camera phone to remember the time by! They are all blurry and terrible so I won't hurt your eyes by uploading them. The one exception is this one shot when we went to a cave:

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Anyway, will write about the others in the following blog entry's...

Posted by brent.leslie 21:46 Archived in China Tagged cave shizong chunjie

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