Monday, January 12, 2009
Just after New Year's Day, my friend, Sharron, helped me purchase an electric scooter (dian dong che). I have already had a lot of fun venturing out on my scooter. It will be very convenient and will also enable me to explore parts of Fuzhou that I have not yet been able to see.
One of the impressive sights on campus at night are Konmingdeng. Wishes are made prior to lighting these beautiful paper lanterns. Once launched, they make a lovely sight drifting ever upwards into the night sky. I thought it would be a nice touch to bring in the New Year by lighting Konmingdeng and wishing everyone All the Very Best for 2009!!
Christmas Day was very different for me this year! I spent much of the day assessing students. I did have a lovely meal out with some of my good friends,however, and did manage to have good conversations with my family.
New Year's Eve saw me completing my last day of classes for the first semester. I decided to throw a party for some of my colleagues and for some of my students. I was finished my classes at noon. Albert and Samuel helped me shop for the party. Here are some pictures of Albert, Samuel, Chris West (from England) and I getting things ready at my apartment.
Wednesday, January 7, 2009
On Saturday, December 27th, the Foreign Affairs Office held a barbecue. The foreign teachers were invited as were the staff and their families. We spent the mornining boating on the lake in the middle of the campus and then went to the beach just below my apartment for food, games and mingling. Here are a few photos taken at the barbecue.