getting around is easy and cheap, esp if you know how to read chinese characters. the bus stops (in the city) will have details of the bus routes, the names of the road the bus will stop at. it is only 1yuan for non-ac and 2 yuan for ac buses. same fare for any distance travelled. really cheap and beats walking.
Some history of the city...
Shown here, the site of a city street dating back to the seventh century A.D.!!! Along the very lively Beijing Lu, you can enjoy seeing the excavated historical streets from the different dynasties of China (such as the Ming, the Qing, etc...) all at the same time. They are lying there quietly...
Friends from all over the world
I was lucky enough to come to China with my sister and my two best friends. We had such a great time in 2004 and 2005 that my sister and I stayed, and my best friend found the love of her life. Oh, Fiona, when will come back?? Hee hee. Well, it was a great time and there are many more to come.
"What to do in Guangzhou?"
Really, there's no limit to things you are able to do in Guangzhou. From there's something for everyone. You can play floor hockey, rugby, basket, ice hockey, or any other sport imaginable. You can also watch any type of sport imaginable...even the NHL (for us Canadians who love our hockey. And if you're not into sport, you can shop or drink until you drop....hmm, I've never done that (ha ha). One of our favorite things to do last year was support the Guanghzou Soccer team - although, sometimes our group of friends got more cheers than the team, but we didn't mind.
"Never a dull moment"
As I said, there's a ton of things to do in Guangzhou...and the night life is no exception. There are always people going out dancing and doing crazy things. This halloween, we went to a big party held by That's Guangzhou. It was good fun, but over crowded, as most things are in China. But what other day of the year can you dress up and look silly?
I didn't think that I would make many new friends living in a foreign country, but I was wrong. I've made great friends and have had such great experiences that there is no way to express them in only a few words or pictures. Let's just say I'm very lucky and leave it at that.
"Sometimes they leave..."
The worst thing about making new friends is that sometimes they leave. While you never know who you will click with, you just treasure the time you have with them and wish them the best of luck. Then there are some people that you know you will be friends with for a long time. Thank goodness I have met friends like that...keep in touch.
There's a fun American / Canadian rivalry that happens anywhere people from these two countries congregate. However, we manage to always make it work. As you can see from this sandwhich, Canadian girls seem to love American boys...especially when they're dressed up as motor taxi men.
New Years 2006...I have vowed to be more mature....hmmm...maybe not. Anyway, I will be changing things anyway. Changing jobs, changing apartments, and changing roommates. Stephanie and I will be sharing a beautiful apartment in Tian He. It's great. We have a headwash center, a grocery store, a gym, and a pool in our building. No, we're not spoiled....look out Tian He, here we come.
"Sister's make the best Friends"
Growing up, I never would have thought that my sister would turn into one of my best friends...but she is. Dad, Mum, please don't say "I told you so." Just enjoy it.