We went to Dali for the weekend, taking a hard sleeper train and a long public bus ride to our hotel outside Dali gucheng (old town). About six of us went with Prof Israel, officially insane 72year old history professor, on a 70+ kilometer bike ride around Erhai lake. 70km in translation means about 45 miles of cycling. Needless to say I’m having trouble walking down stairs, but it was definitely worth knowing I could do something like that if I had to. The weather was very pretty, biking with the lake on one side and cliffs on the other.
I’m currently trying to set things up for my stay in Taipei this summer. The plan right now is to hit up Hong Kong for a week after the program ends June 8th and see the lovely Karen, then fly to Taipei, take Chinese classes at the normal university there while hopefully working as (what else?) an English teacher until August, when I’ll be coming home to good ol’ NYC.
It’s another beautiful day in the neighborhood. I’ve also gotten Skype finally, so expect some surprise calls from the other side.