Sunday Maggie had to work so I drove to Suzhou to meet a group from Shanghai. I had found their club info on the net. They have a Specialized store in Shanghai and run their own club.
Anyways I showed up and they arrived shortly later at the meeting spot. Quite an odd group, 11 foreigners and one Chinese. Had a good mix with people from UK, Austrailia, France, Belgium, US (me), Malaysia, and the Chinese guy.
They were all very fun people and we had a good ride. It was refreshing to have so many people to speak English to for a change. I get a chance to brush up my vocab you know. There was even one guy that is a product engineer for the brand of fabric softener I use in China. The reason that is cool because I got the chance to complain how their softener thickens in the winter and won't go into the washer. Funny thing is that was the whole reason he was here, to work on the new formula that is good for -10 C. Nice to be able to complain that direct for a change.
Here is what you can find street side on your way home from work in China. I do love all the small fruit stands here. Something you rarely find back in the US. As you can see I put them to good use once I got home.
Then the other picture are Maggie's lovely spicy Chongqing Wontons and Fried Greens. You had better try them someday if you can handle the spice!
Well since I got back from CQ Yangzhou has been very warm and sunny. I'm sure it won't last but I've been wanting to buy a new mountain bike and with the weather I couldn't wait. It was so great to just hop on and cruise the city for a while. You can really see so much more when you get out of the car. It was actually my first time to do something like this in Yangzhou and I really did get a whole different view. So now I am even more anxious for spring to really roll in and keep exploring around. Yangzhou is well known around China for the spring time view.
Well I haven't posted anything in a while as you can see. I've been busy with my new goal of being fit which was mostly inspired by our wedding coming up. Also I've actually had a couple projects at work so I haven't been playing all day. Oh, and I was trying to study Chinese instead of posting pictures and videos all day too. So with all of that stuff going on I've fallen behind.
Just putting a few pics of our weekend trips here. Two weekends ago we went out to one of our old camping spots called Shen Tian Lake. The roads on the way there are really nice. They just weave through the farms the whole way there. It's common to see the farmers plowing the fields with their bulls on the way. It's really quite the different lifestyle than in the city. In a half hour drive time you go from seeing 30 story buildings everywhere to brick or even wood houses.
This weekend we went to Zouma, it means walking horse in Chinese. Anyways the peach flowers are blossoming there and they have a festival. So we went to get out and enjoy some sunshine and fresh air. It seems like it's been months since I've seen some sunshine around here so it was quite enjoyable. It's also always nice for me to escape this concrete jungle of a city.
Tao Ran Hot Pot, CQ>Liang Lu>Pian Yan>Shen Tian Lake> Jin Dao Gorge
A Temple in CQ & Zouma Peach Flower Festival
Went to Chengdu Friday. After finishing Maggie's cousins' wedding lunch party we hopped on the bus and 4 hours later we arrived Chengdu. We stayed at her friend Shirley's apt. since she was back in Chongqing visiting family for the holiday anyways. After we got there we dropped our bags and headed to Hooters for some wings. Maggie also enjoys the food there. It's one place I can go and feel a little American for a while.
The next day we met our travel group at 7:30 and headed out to Xiling Mountain, a few hours away. After arriving we took the cable car up the mountain checked into our hotel and then took another cable car up higher to view the mountain. It was nice but there wasn't much snow but it was cool for Maggie since she had never seen the snow. Then in the afternoon we went skiing for an hour and tried to teach Maggie the basics on skiing.
The next day we went skiing in the AM for a couple more hours. Maggie was able to get on the lift and make it down the hill after I helped her out for a while. She only had one hard crash because she got going a little fast and couldn't slow down. So she now has a nice bruise on the hip to show for it. After that she kept trying and finally figured out the trick to snow plow hard enough to stop properly. Unfortunately that was about the time we had to go. Hopefully we'll have another chance to practice more at a better ski hill. This was a good place to start off for her though. So anyways it turned out to be a fun trip.
At noon time we had to head back to Chengdu. Then the next morning we headed out to the amusement park in town. Check out the pics below and go to http://www.youtube.com/user/troymohrland to see all of my videos!