Tuesday, December 28, 2004

Another go at it from the frozen belly of Beijing.

It's quite cold here these days, but the weather has been brilliantly clear and crisp with bright sunshine shining radiantly down the past few days. It's a nice way to start the day. Through the window, everything looks sparkingly tranquil. If only it were a picture. It hasn't snowed since I last mentioned, but it has only proceeded to get colder and icier. It won't last forever.

Christmas came and went in China. Angela, Paola (visiting from Japan for the holidays) and me had our celebrations here. Our families had their celebrations where they were. This year was particularly memorable for a variety of reasons, not all of which I'll mention...

We didn't do anything so unusual; spent the afternoon walking around the frozen park known as The Summer Palace (on Monday, one of my students said, "but it's not Summer!"), ate a nice dinner with fresh brewed beer and sausage at a German restaurant packed with foreigners and Chinese alike, rode a glass elevator to an over-priced bar at the top of a hotel, and enjoyed additional conversation and spirits at The Hidden Tree.

Now, back to work here for a few days until New Year's Eve. We enjoy a four-day vacation for the New Year covering Friday of this week and Monday of the following week, which is fantastic. We're planning to get out to The Great Wall this weekend, but we don't yet know what we're going to do for New Year's Eve. We're not staying at the apartment, that's for sure. Perhaps, we'll know more in a few days...

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