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Mexican Independence Day!

The Angel of the Independence, Mexico City.

I take a brief pause from my experiences in China to share some pictures of Mexico, and in this way join the celebrations throughout the country. These are just some pictures I took this year (except for one). They are not necessarily the best ones, and they don’t represent all of Mexico either. It is just a brief selection that I now share with you. I hope you enjoy them.

Wind, People, and… Action!

May Fourth Square, Chinese girl with an umbrella in Qingdao, Shandong, China.

The May Fourth Square with its May Wind sculpture in front of the beach in Qingdao is a major highlight in the city. The square is located between building complexes east and west, at the north is the city office and at the south the ocean. Click on any image to enlarge. The main square and surroundings seem to be always surrounded by kites and no without reason because the wind is its more frequent visitor. Enjoy the pictures.

Pavilion on the Ocean

Qingdao, Shandong, China

About 125 miles (200 km) from Changle, the small county I live in, there is coastal city called Qingdao, which has become one of my top places in the world to live in for longer periods. Qingdao has some German influence in her architecture due to previous occupation (I’ll share pictures of it in the next coming posts). Today the city is changing very rapidly. The coast and some kilometers inland are strongly marked by her growing economy. There are wide and

First encounters with the food

Changle, Shandong, China.

The day I arrived to Changle, my room wasn’t ready yet, so I was taken to a nice hotel. Once there I was invited to dinner. Good! Finally, authentic Chinese food! The group was formed by my boss, always referred as “the headmaster”, Eunice, who is the headmaster’ assistant and English interpreter, and Mr. Jong, the driver. The waitress gave me the menu, and of course, I only understood the numbers; the rest was Chinese characters. Given the circumstances, I had

A new chapter in life: China

Flag_of_the_People's_Republic_of_China from Wikimedia

Most of you already know that I am now in China. For those who wonder what I am doing here and where exactly I am, I’m living in a small town called Changle (population of 600,000 aprox.) in the province of Shandong, north of China and about 700 kilometers (435 miles) southeast from Beijing. I am working as an English teacher and I’ll be there for few months. My experience has been a very positive one so far. There is

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