I went to Daqing, Heilongjiang on Monday to visit a company to determine if it was real for the purpose of a visa application (it wasn't) and I saw this awesome road sign. Daqing sits on a giant oifield, so I guess they might have some kind of relationship with oil companies from Calgary. Anyway, 卡尔加里 = Ka Er Jia Li, which kind of sounds like Calgary and is apparently the Chinese-ification of the city, which is not ridiculous at all.
For Thanksgiving dinner this year, the Intercontinental Hotel - where I live - prepared a dinner for all of the Americans at the Consulate. It was a really great meal, and afterwards we all played Apples to apples. :)
Mike here is mesmerized by Danielle's story, while Jon's fork is nothing but a blur.
Beth and Alan amused probably by something Mike said.
This is my awesome hot pink Christmas tree. I bought it and all the decorations and ornaments at the local wholesale market. I bought the tree and a trash bag-full of decorations for my entire apartment for about $60. There are little glittery Santas all over the tree, or as the Chinese call him, "the old man of Christmas."
After the Marine Ball on November 21st, I flew from Beijing to Harbin on Sunday night. On Monday I went to the Harbin Institute of Technology and the Harbin Aircraft Manufacturing Corporation to talk about the visa process. I had some downtime in between the talks, so I visited the St. Sophia Cathedral, which was built in 1907.