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Jul 28th 2007 1:20AM UNDERWEAR
Dude! I thought you stashed some clothes (like clean underwear and shirt) in your guitar case!?! I always travel with a change of clothes and some music (in a backpack) when I travel.
At least, you got some cute briefs from DITC!
At my uni (well I've been graduated for a decade now...shhh!) students used to sit on the open window sills. There were loads of issues when the students were drunk and would fall out of the window. A few student's died from falling out of the 4th/5th floor windows. I was on the ground floor but then I was too poor to afford alcohol anyway...Zan
Jul 23rd 2007 7:16PM It is sad to leave a new found friends and country. Still, the blogs were great fun, I really appreciate you taking the time for us and sharing.
In regards to culture/language shock, I know what you mean. I remember spending 3 months in Hungary, learning the people and language and totally being in love. Then, I went to Croatia for a week to visit some family.
It was insane to say the least. I remember the first day in Croatia, they had spanish on the TV and when they'd talk to me, my brain couldn't figure out what language to respond in. I think I spoke to them in a mixture of Hungarian, Spanish, English and Croatian. What was just priceless was the look of utter confusion on their faces. It all made sense to me! *grin* I asked that the TV volume be turned down (they didn't understand spanish anyway, they only read the subtities), and it was a bit easier to relate to them.
It took a couple of days to find the correct gears and continously speak in Croatian. Then, I flew back home to the US, and no one understood me again! Go figure!...Zan
Jul 8th 2007 6:05AM Hope you'll sing that chinese song for the rest of us. That seemed like a very great final concert gig. The stage and screens made it bigger than life. You actually didn't look that skinny (for once) on the screen. (ok just teasing, my gf is just as thin)...Zan
Jul 8th 2007 5:55AM Cable cars at the great wall!?
Didn't you know that Emperor Zhu Yuanzhang thought of everything!! How would the chinese diplomats have peace talks with the mongols, while avoiding the battles at the wall!?!? Do you know how many km of reinforced pig intestines it took just to make the cables!?!!?! *snicker* Ok, never mind, the pig part was gross. Still, that just trips me out!! I'm going to giggle all day now...thanks Willy!...Zan
P.S. no pigs were harmed in the production of this message. Vegans and veg-heads rule (or the world would be a better place if they actually did)!! Thank you....ROTFLMAO!
Jul 8th 2007 5:27AM Mark, I totally agree with you, people are strange sometimes, including me. I have a toes thing. I don't like to show my toes in public so much that I only wear shoes that cover my toes, including sandals. However, at home, I'm usually barefoot, which by nature exposes my toes so I contradict myself. Weirdness is cool and unique is what I say!
Ted, read your comment, and IMHO just talk to the hand!
Dick, you are a cool dude! And I'd rather be canadien than USamerican save for that one point you mentioned....the COLD! Now, I'm from FL so if I could manage my work life so as to work and live in Canada for the warm months (is that 3 months, now with global warming!?), and then live in FL near my mum the rest of the time (claiming dual citizenship)...I'd be there like a bear!! I'd also marry my gf and be merry! Yay! Instead we are moving to Sydney (waiting for visa approval, currently they've lost my application after they charged me the whopping fee...grrrr...just a delay is all). Sydney's warmer and more queer friendly, but the general political climate is not too far from the US (unfortunately). Both Australia and Canada being commonwealth sisters gives me hope that Canada might influence everyone else to smarter politics! Still we love AU and are excited about the move.
Lou & Sammy...you guys seem fun, rock on!
Ember, thanks for the posts, it's been fun. I had also wondered the name of the belly tan...maybe 'Buddha's de-light tan'?! Here in VA, I have a 'farmer's tan'. Yee-haw! Anyhows, hope to see you in Charlottesville in August. Hopefully by then you'll be well re-adjusted and rested. Ciao...Zan
Jun 26th 2007 9:09PM In Philly there's a restaurant called "Kingdom of Vegetarians Restaurant" and around the corner (in chinatown) there are lots of bakeries that make lots of meat and veg filled items. Those are my favourite places to go when visiting the city of brotherly love...Zan
Jun 21st 2007 3:11AM You are studying too much!! I see your english is getting chunglish'd...." Earlier, I had watching one of these attendants" Whoa! You are really getting into the spirit of things!!! (cheekygrin)...Zan
Jun 19th 2007 9:25PM It's sad to say but it's simply supply and demand really. If people didn't buy them, they wouldn't be sold. And I wouldn't be surprised if the pets were also eaten as well. I had a uni flatmate from Nigeria who had eaten her pet cat (in Nigeria). They had it as a pet for many years and then they ate it. I was floored! I said, "how could you eat your beloved pet!?" She simply said, "in Nigeria you don't throw away good meat." I just thought, "I'm glad that I'm a vegetarian!".
Jun 19th 2007 8:36PM I agree about not wanting to spend a lot of time shopping. I see shopping like going to the toilet. You go in, take care of business and get out. I can't imagine it as a place for socializing. Still, China seems like a very social society, which is probably a good adaptation to their huge population. I mean, if you are never alone, you might as well enjoy being surrounded by crowds all of the time and make it a sport of sorts...Zan
Jun 19th 2007 8:30PM I had a cousin who killed himself. I used to give him my dresses and skirts to wear. I was thrilled to get rid of them and he just loved wearing them. I hadn't realized how hurt he was...Zan