Chinese New Year!
13.02.2010 - 24.02.2010 7 °C
I realize that my blog entries are getting scarcer and scarcer as time goes on. So again, I want to apologize! I really have been busy and to be perfectly frank, the things that used to shock me when I first arrived are starting to feel normal now. Like the fact that people spit in the street or the fact that cleaning ladies use mops for just about anything (to clean carpets, to unclog toilets and to collect dust). Or the fact that cars will honk at you to clear the street even if the green pedestrian light is on, because cars always have the right of way!
So what's new since last time? Well Chinese New Year for one! This is the most important holiday in China. On New year's eve, Chinese families typically make dumplings and wait for the first fireworks. They usually travel great distances to meet their parents or grandparents in remote regions and then spend the following week eating until their stomachs burst and watching or igniting fireworks and firecrackers . At least, that's what my 13 year old private student explained to me. Because I didn't actually spend New Year's in China! As any self-respecting French person, I high-tailed it back to the motherland to enjoy a little farniente, some croissants and hours of banter with my copines! Ahhhhh! I also got a chance to see my parents and Mike and they in turn got a chance to meet one another! I was expecting it to be cringe-worthy and humiliating but everyone acted very civilized! I suppose it helped that my siblings weren't there trying to embarrass me with less-than-flattering childhood recollections!