Really... what do to whilst in Dalian
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In truth, I know I've been rather away from my keyboard in regards writing anything about
Very sad indeed ... I certainly sought toward a very cultural atmosphere with museums, dancing (not club clubs) and many scenic of Traditional China.
Now, I will say that I've been quite fortunate to have befriended Tina and her family, husband and their two sons, then met her husband's classmates and their family. Without her and shared moments of our cultural interests, her learning English and its sentence usage and my practice speaking Chinese, Tina has certainly kept my mind creative as possible. Of course, I also thank my mother and phone buddy Kirk, they keep me in sync, and, yes, my co-author, Nick.
Believe me, I enjoy teaching, but I also enjoy being creative as possible. However, I haven't had much opportunity in putting my creativity into practice since my arrival... or at least I should say that I haven't seen that much to peak a spark of interest. Walking has kept me quite fit and most locations of scenic value are almost walking distance. Much faster for me to walk to destination than taking a bus, but in either case, I do enjoy riding the bus just to see outside areas of
China just celebrated their Labor Day tis past first weekend of May, I didn't go out of town, really wasn't in mood of spending too time riding in a crowded bus or train, or be stuck for hours within central of town being actually getting out of Central Dalian.
The weather was simply beautiful and sunny... chilly winds but worth every moment. Extremely bright orange shirts were distributed to the teachers, an outing was simply what all the teachers required.
Saturday morning I went a museum exhibit of Chinese artifacts and paintings, Xinghai Square was crowded and people were coming out of buses to overtake the same amusement park area, I witnessed six wedding convoys... talk about love being in the air... was invited to see a Chinese film with Tina and her husband - translation 'history of kung fu' .
She inquired if I had ever been to
We arrived, met the rest of the families and continued our journey through the
The wind was wicked that Sunday morning and she, the two other wives and I didn't go too far, so we returned below. The same abode which served as an eatery for guests by day and by evening a place of residence the occupations were preparing our country lunch. I won't go into details of how country certain facilities appeared, but enough to put a military latrine to shame and the average city socialite in appreciating indoor plumbing.
Lunch was quite ... interesting, there was a certain prepared dish which I really had to stomach my facial expression in not to appear too grossed. However, the chicken soup dish... with its clawed feet and leg all in one bowl, well, I certainly kept my eating toward the vegetables... the home grown potatoes, both sweet and standard brown, were tasty and so were the greens, I was selected with my meat portions.
Later, we drove to a resort which was literally in a remote area, yet there were other well constructed hotels and others being built, taking presents. I was informed that the each hotel had their own
I don't normally swim, in fact, I really don't swim above water, and I’m still waiting to get certified to scuba dive. Must wait till I return to the States, I suppose, but nevertheless, I had an water tube and swam back and forth of the deep end to get a bit of exercise in pure fluidity, quite the workout, I was exhausted. In actuality, I didn't think about anything, no work, no worries, no nothing (of course, I did realize that I wasn't returning to my apartment till the next day, then yes, I did think of my daily calls).
We returned the next morning, we encountered a problem when we reached the toll gate to return route for the expressway but was closed off in which the roads were available for the Korean Prime Minister's arrival. Tina's husband drove along the coastal route which the return drive would have taken approximately 2hrs plus, but rather close to 4hrs.
As promised, there are photos to share... and home videos in editing stage.