Welcome to Guangzhou! Having been here for almost a month, having taught three weeks of classes, I'd say the establishment of a blog is way overdue. I could make excuses about not having wireless internet for the first week, and not having a PRC-approved blog service until last week, but I am above such things. Truth is, no one wants to hear all that "getting adjusted" stuff anyway. So rather than tell you all about my harrowing, clammy-handed first day of class, spending the mid-autumn festival with my newly married friend Ava's family (along with fellow houseguest and Australian former-neighbor Hamish), or a trip to nearby pottery-village-turned-industrial city Foshan, I'll just give you these three videos in no particular order and you'll get the general idea.
This a bird in Foshan that can say "那个!", Chinese for "That one!":
This is a scene from a pre-wedding game of find-the-bride. Thierry, the groom, must bribe the bridesmaids with money in red envelopes to gain access to the inner sanctum where Ava awaits. In this snippet, Ava's sister Nicole gets impatient:
And this is a scene from Teacher's Day at HuaFu (the high school at which I am employed). David is my apartment-mate and co-teacher, ritualistically popping the balloon of destiny:
If you need a better introduction, check out the about section. I promise I'll come up with something more profound and detailed about Chinese culture sooner or later....