the summer is here

Well, clearly yes, I am though it would be a fairly valid question bearing in mind I have been absent from my blog for absolute ages and you would be excused for thinking that I have somehow disappeared into the depths of some bottomless pit.

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Long time no seen..

So I have disappeared for a really really long time. I know and I’m sorry. I can’t even promise it won’t happen again in the near future as my life is so busy right now! It’s mainly down to the course I’m doing whilst working full time but also due to wanting to enjoy life a bit more and being out more often than before.

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I’ve always been a fan of the concept of rental bikes but am now a complete convert thanks to the dirt cheap scheme running in Guangzhou. There are quite a few competing companies offering VERY cheap rental, and apparently there are even plans to makes the bikes free in the future! I love it as it is great for me personally because it feels much more pleasant than exercising in the gym and is easier to do, plus I get to explore areas of the city I would have never been able to get to on foot or by any other transport. It is also fantastic for the city, less pollution, less crowds on the metro and public buses, less cars on the roads, brilliant!I just wish so many people wouldn’t abuse this scheme and keep stealing the bikes or, worse, destroying them or plainly throwing them away e.g. into a river just for kicks.

My OH and I have managed a few cycling trips so far but with our busy schedules it is proving harder to plan than we initially thought. Nonetheless, we have discovered some very interesting sight around the city, true hidden gems of buzzing communities or quaint parks. Here are some photos to display our discoveries:

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Stumbled upon this misleadingly empty house very near to the modern centre of GZ

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Right outside the university campus

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Lovely cycling route by the Zhujiang River

Public Hospital in China Part 2

…The mad queuing started to make sense, kind of, once we found ourselves sitting in front of the doctor’s room, waiting to be called in or for my name to appear on the screen. You see, in China they don’t seem to have quite grasped the whole concept of following the order of appointments. To my utter astonishment I soon discovered that those, who queued up first, felt they had the right to walk into the room before those, who actually had earlier appointments! Continue reading