Here we are, back in the sunny climes of BC. Twelve days home and finally fully adjusted from the jet lag. We have eaten and drank too much already – but that is not likely to change.
We have noted some things already which have raised our eye brows. Personally, I am ready to start either a sit in or a revolution. I stopped at Coquitlam Centre’s Sweet Factory for an ice cream cone the other day – 2 scoops $4.79 plus tax = a nice round $5.00. Excellent marketing! A couple of days later it was at Crepe Delicious – also at Coquitlam Centre. $4.95 plus tax = $5.20 – in a cardboard cup! Want a cone? $1.00 more A DOLLAR? ARE YOU KIDDING ME? The woman says “Well, they have to be paid for too.” I passed and walked down the street to Tim Horton’s/Coldstone Creamery – geez, what a deal – a cone is only 85 cents more there.
It is nice not to have to look fourteen ways before you cross the street and to have drivers actually stop while you cross – crosswalk or not. What a treat!
Now some final reflections from Jiaxing
If you think that look is pure terror, you’re spot on.
How can we not have a last shot of typical parking.
Jiaxing Deconstruction and Construction
We have told our Jiaxing friends that the only possibility of us returning would be to celebrate the ten year anniversary of the school Terry started. If we do I am looking forward to seeing how much more deconstruction/construction will have occurred in the intervening 7 years.
And then there is the construction…
This is an abbreviated 5 minute video of some of the construction between the railway station and our apartment. The entire video was approximately 25 minutes with the other 20 minutes showing a similar amount of construction. With the exception of one gas station in the video, every and I mean EVERY building you see was built since we arrived in Jiaxing in late August, 2012. This is one of perhaps 5 routes in or out of Jiaxing where you would see the same amount of construction. (Ed. notes: 1. If you are in China and want to get a taxi driver to drive responsibly, pull out your phone and film the ride. They slow right down. 2. The Lincoln dealership is one of the 60 they are opening in China between 2014 and 2016.)
We talked about the mice in Terry’s office in a previous post. Can you imagine the size of the mouse (Ed. note: Rat?) that carried this bone up to the desktop to chew on? And no, the critter didn’t find the bone in her office – he/she/it brought it from elsewhere.
Yes – Jiaxing Wildlife*. Grandmas are always looking after the babies. There are so many things which come to mind in this photo Terry took. The overwhelming one is the changes these three women have seen in their lives – from The Great March (Ed. note: A bit of a misnomer in Mao’s history of China) through Mao’s reign of Terror to having cake in Starbucks.
We went to the Jiaxing Dragon Boat races. They were very ..uh…dragon boatish which caused this father and son to need some sleep before the next heat. The sign? Chinese people sleep anytime, anywhere.
I hope this fellow thoroughly enjoys the case of milk in his right hand that he is taking to the picnic. The sign? Typical outfit of any males in Jiaxing.
There are either many ways – or no possible way to interpret this sign. It will always be a memory of the plethora of signs we saw. I could never figure out why they bothered since under the sign there was no English. It was the same in many Chinese magazines. An English title over a Chinese article.
In China, as elsewhere in the world, women will do almost anything to enhance their natural beauty.
On our last visit into Shanghai we wandered into a mall, looking for Muji. Instead we found this sailboat which was three stories high.
The Shoe Blog – The Final Episode
This is it. Nothing spectacular – even a couple that may have made an earlier appearance but I do like red.
Well folks that is it for me. I have no other interesting photos, anecdotes or bizarre memories to share with you. As I said the last time, thanks for the comments and kudos. Terry may have one more offering in her to share – if she ever finishes unpacking and rearranging our home or gets off the golf course.
However, whether or not this is the final Jiaxing Express is entirely up to you – and I hope you take up the offer. We offer you the opportunity to share your experiences with our readers. After three years of reading you know what we do. Write about your trip and add a few photos and voilà – a blog post is created. Feel free to ramble, or be succinct, to give advice – go here , don’t do that, or to just do captioned photos. One thing we have learned over the years is that people just enjoying reading about other parts of the world. Don’t be intimidated – “Oh, I could never write like those two”. You don’t have to be sarcastic like Geoff, or a deep thinker like Terry. The writing doesn’t have to be overly long. For example this post is 1154 words. 500 words is plenty – or just do captions and photos. Put it all together yourself or send it to me in parts – all text and a separate file of photos and I’ll do it for you. Talk about a recent trip or one in the distant past. If it was a long trip write about a couple of places now and then in 6 months give us another set of experiences. (Ed. note: Ed retains the right to note. Looking forward to hearing about Jan and Peter’s big trip!)
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