My routine is taking shape: teaching on Sunday mornings, Tuesday through Wednesday and Nokia on Tuesday and Thursday evening. Friday through Monday is for entertainment and travel. Last Friday, a group of us went to Shanghai. Some went to the Expo but Olivia and I explored the city. We found a Poster museum tucked away in the basement of an apartment building. The curator has been collecting original propaganda posters from the 1930s. This website gives a good idea of the museum. Fascinating!http://www.shanghaipropagandaart.com/home.asp?class=preface
Then we went to the Bund and Nanjing Road, where all the wealth and foreigners can be found. The new train between Hangzhou and Shanghai began running on Tuesday. http://www.dawanews.com/chinabiz_view.asp?id=7193 I hope to be able to make a few more trips to Shanghai.
Last night, Linda, Frost and I attended the Kunqu Opera. It’s the forerunner of the Peking Opera. Of course, we didn’t understand the lyrics but the costumes, singing and performances were entertaining. In one fight scene, the actors performed a highly well-timed acrobatic routine with swords. Web site here: http://www.chinaculture.org/gb/en_flash/2005-12/08/content_76946.htm
Weather is getting colder so today I bought heavier shoes and a coat. The coat was a challenge because most places don’t carry clothing in my Chinese size, XL! (And this is after I’ve lost weight!) The women are so very tiny, maybe no bigger than size 6.
I’m taking Chinese lessons from a woman in the next apartment building. She works in the Human Resources department of a company and used to be a Chinese teacher. We exchange 30 minute lessons of Chinese and English. Sunday we are going shopping together. She loves to sing so she’s teaching me a Chinese nursery song and I taught her “Oh, What a Beautiful Morning.”