Shandong Min Zheng Hotel
Travel Blogs from Jinan
... it through the past month but I can confirm that it is possible to live in Jinan for a month for less than 100$. It has been a little strange to have enough money here to be considered relatively wealthy with a huge disposable income. Meanwhile, the Chinese people I work with make a fraction of my salary. I recently visited the homes of a few of my coworkers and they were pretty rough. The inequity between the foreign teachers and the Chinese staff at my school ...
A gourmet seafood lunch
Went to 小青島and 中山公圉
Qingdao, 5 hrs on a bus to 濟南(Jinan)
8 types of dumplings for dinner, plus many other dishes. Ducky, my favorite. A big
Flooding in our hotel washroom, The Grand Tower Hotel , horrific experience. We had changed our room.
... It's a nice size hall (600 seats) with pretty good sound. I've definitely performed in better halls in China, but I've also performed in far worse (Zhuji, for instance!). Anyway, 60,000 students attend Shandong University, and campus appears to be enormous. I uploaded a couple of pictures, but I decided not take a picture of the Karl Marx Center for Economics. Something about stopping and taking a picture of that just seemed to be asking for trouble!
As I always ...
Thanks for all of your nice comments; I've enjoyed reading them. I've moved to my new apartment near the main location of the school. This apartment is much nicer than the old one. It is not smelly or dirty so I am no longer afraid to cook in the kitchen or brush my teeth in the bathroom. It even has a separate shower stall! Although I am still in a constant struggle with the hot water heater to get anything but a lukewarm shower, ...
... completely on my own as far as communicating with the orchestra goes (the first two days he was sometimes around to help). So, it was a challenging day from a language standpoint. Chinese is hard enough when you are well-rested. It's impossible when you are sleep deprived! Even still, I think I did okay.
I spent the entire morning on the symphony, as it has been pretty rough going. We made a lot of great progress on that. Then I spent the afternoon on ...