My beard is gone. I have pics but haven’t transferred them from my camera. Just finished a nice week. It was a national holiday so everybody was off and everywhere was busy. I’m glad I didn’t leave Shenzhen because it would have been a nightmare. Just trying to walk in some of the malls was crazy. Camping didn’t turn out quite as planned, but you can’t win em all. We headed to Qichong which is a place in Eastern Longgang (eastern part of the city) and should’ve realized beforehand that hiking would be difficult. I underestimated the density of the trees and plants. You would need a machete to walk through the thick brush. There was a beach which we contemplated camping on however, it was very windy and we thought the stakes wouldn’t hold in the sand. It wasn’t a total loss because the ride there itself was a journey, and the place was gorgeous. In addition we met a couple from Canada on the way who just started a year long trip around the world. We chatted with them for a while and they went on their way.
Besides camping the break was nice for sleeping, eating, and massages. An hour long foot massage (includes a 10 min shoulder and back) is only 30 yuan which is $5. I had never had a foot massage prior to coming to China, but am definitely a fan. Ate at the Yunnan food restaurant a few more times. Some of the spices vaguely remind me of Persian food which I miss.
So we’re back in school again. We have to teach 7 days in a row to make up for some of the vacation time. Still not complaining though. My students reacted in awe that I cut my beard. Some were genuinely disappointed. I will probably not bring it back until my spring break in January. I feel like a different person when I look in the mirror.
The best news is the band is playing this weekend. Will will be playing three 45 minute sets, which sounds fun to me. We’ve been practicing a little bit, since we found a practice space not far from Chinese class. Chinese class is fairly horrible. Nothing like the teacher in Beijing. Bob in Beijing knew how to teach! I will probably stop going because it is a waste of time. I have found some tutors though, and will be starting with them this week. I’ll keep you updated on the gig.
I know that the States is looking pretty this time of season. Part of me misses the luxury and conveniences of friends and family, but the other still enjoys a new environment.