Category Archives: Tiny Town on the Li River

A Halloween Night in China

               Saturday night had streams of students entering our school’s indoor sports’ building.             What was the big draw?  Nothing other than our annual Halloween Activity evening, sponsored by the English Association!            Last year’s Halloween event was a big … Continue reading

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Learning Life Lessons: Responsibility

  A Distressed Student               When the telephone rang late Sunday night, I figured it was a panicked student leader wanting to talk to me.              I’d been gone for the weekend in Nanning for some shopping and swimming … Continue reading

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Students, Lost and Found

              It’s official:  No more holidays now until January 1st, our Western New Year.            Starting this past Monday, our classes will continue uninterrupted without weekend make-up days or missed courses.  It’s finally time to settle into our normal … Continue reading

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A Family Road Trip for National Day

              Last I left off, Little Flower and I were leaving for Nanning for China’s 61st National Day, the founding of the PRC, held from October 1 – 7.              Unlike most of our journeys, which have us on the … Continue reading

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It’s Time for National Day Holidays!

  Mid-Autumn Festival Behind Us               China has 7 legal holidays in a year, which include:  New Year’s Day (January 1st), Spring Festival (Chinese New Year), Qingming Festival (Tomb Sweeping), May Day, Dragon Boat Festival, Mid-Autumn Festival and National … Continue reading

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She’s Back!

             After 13 weeks, I have finally landed back in Longzhou to begin my second year at Guangxi Normal University for Nationalities, located one hour from the Vietnam border in the small town, Longzhou.              The oppressive heat of southern … Continue reading

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Visa Renewal and Tourism on the Side

  It’s Visa Renewal Time!              At 7 a.m., the winding road from Longzhou to Chongzuo was fairly empty of traffic and just as breathtaking as always.              Steep, rocky mountains rose to the right and left of the … Continue reading

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Roadtrip to Nanning

  Enjoying Nanning:  The Xiyuan Hotel               My visits to Nanning (the capital city of Guangxi Province) have been very few over the past year so this was a great treat for me to enjoy myself last weekend in this … Continue reading

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Of Clothes and Exams: Winding Down the School Year

  Student Designers Hit the Runway             Sunday night was a show to remember and brought out the crowds to our stage area.  What was the big fuss?  It was Fashion Week at Guangxi Normal University for Nationalities!          Actually, … Continue reading

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American College Kids Don’t Know How Lucky They Are

  The College Youth of Countryside Farmers              Today, I was walking the dog around our campus when a few of my students at the girls’ dorm invited me in for a sit.  It was hot outside and Little … Continue reading

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