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idiot

So a friend sent me a link to a post on China Travel Guide forums by one griz326 entitled Is the Chinese language dead? She asked for my help in setting this Griz character straight. I don't know why, she's a professional linguist, has been studying Chinese,...

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more blah

Alright, so we're back. In fact, we've been back for three nights and two days now. I just haven't had a decent night's sleep since the 29th. Quick note: All dates in this post are by the lunar calendar unless the word solar appears in brackets after...

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blah

So Ba put the illegal cable back in and for a few hours last night we actually got to choose what we could watch on tv. lzh made him take the cable out again because she's scared somebody will check and fine us 200 kuai. Then, having seen how clear her...

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春节

So it's New Year's Eve again. It seems everybody else in the village stocked up enough explosives to supply the army of a small nation. Or perhaps the New Zealand Army, in which case they'd still have enough left overs to celebrate the New Year having...

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yet another rant

hmmmm Well, I fully approve of treating foreigners the same as Chinese, but this also strikes me as being a little creepy. Well, it's about law enforcement, and, judging by what's in the article (yes, I know, don't bother telling me) it's all good. I...

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accent

A short note for the "Fuck that's weird" department: lzh decided to inform me that when I speak English I have a Chinese accent. And, 我说汉语的时候,我有“外地”的口音。By that she means she can hear that I'm not a Beijinger born and bred, but it sounds like I'm from...

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disappointment

So we found ourselves walking the length of Gui Jie twice in search of a restaurant. It would've been fine if we'd just been looking for a restaurant, in 'any restaurant will do' mode, but no, lzh wanted to try 西门考鸡翅, or whatever it's called. It's supposed...

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wedding

Ah, well, it was fun. Now we're back in the city, and that isn't so much fun. But the unusual warmth continues. It was 15 degrees at 5:30 yesterday evening as we passed the Qinghe tollgate. Monday was the day of the wedding. Not ours, but friends of ours....

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how could I forget?

And how could I forget the puppies? Niuniu has had a few litters already, and Zaizai has been busy sowing his wild oats around the neighbourhood, but this is the first litter they've produced together. Four were born, three survived and today we're celebrating...

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revenge

I want revenge. You read that right. So yesterday I was really keen to be on the road up to the village. I was looking forward to three relaxing days at the in-laws' place. Well, two relaxing days, and two friends' wedding and the bus ride home on Monday....

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