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Around the flower & bird market

Wednesday left me nearly in tears. I was battling allergies and cold symptoms all day at work when I came home to find my apartment completely flooded. Water was gushing out of an old broken pipe in my toilet all the way from my 4th floor apartment to the entrance of the building. I would have taken some photos if I hadn’t been in shock.

Once all the workers finished fixing the pipe and cleaning up the mess, I left my place in a daze with my backpack in hand. I didn’t know what else to do, so I went to Chinese class (did I tell you I take university classes in the evenings?) and took a 1.5 hour midterm exam. I even managed to write a 120 character essay comparing my hometown to Shanghai.

At the end of the day, my week wasn’t so bad. My apartment is safe and dry and I’m sure I passed my Chinese midterm. And I’ve been going on quite a few walking adventures, thanks to the beautiful weather.

Here are the photos from the local flower & bird market and Luxun Park (also known as Hongkou Park):

P.S. You know how I’ve been searching for a vintage Chinese camera? I bought the smallest 35mm Seagull today. I’m taking it along on a lunch picnic tomorrow. Here’s a sneak peek!



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    May 1, 2011 at 2:56 pm

    Ugggghhh, I was so sorry to hear about your apartment! Flooding is the absolute worst. I’m glad you got it all dry again. Also, NEW CAMERA!!!!!!!! I’m so stoked to see the photos you take!!!

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      May 4, 2011 at 3:51 pm

      I know! I can’t wait to see how the photos turn out. Also, I wish I we could have explored the camera market together (= SEVEN stories of camera goodies!).

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    May 1, 2011 at 5:09 pm

    Loooove the video, loooooove the crickets! sorry about your apt! glad everything’s fine now!. Everytime I read your blog I have an urge for traveling, and going to China and all this warm n’ fuzzy things hahaha, miss you a lot!! Take care !

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      May 4, 2011 at 3:52 pm

      Thanks, Paulina! I miss you a lot, too. I wish we were swimming in that rooftop pool and/or eating carnitas in Zona Rosa (remember that big mug of horchata?). 🙂

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    Ailuropoda Melanoleuca
    May 2, 2011 at 8:38 am

    It’s good everything worked out anyway, what a shock. So many pretty pictures and lovely video. I’ll be back for the photos from you new camera.

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      May 4, 2011 at 3:53 pm

      Thank you for the support! I was in shock all evening, but I’m glad it’s over now.

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    May 2, 2011 at 11:09 am

    your pictures are really beautiful! i love the bugs in the jar! who buys them?

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    May 6, 2011 at 3:09 pm

    man, that is crazy to come home to that! glad it is fixed, but i hope none of your precious things got damaged.
    nevertheless, your pictures of china are becoming more and more familiar. if that makes any sense. i guess what i mean is, it looks like you are settling in nicely in your surroundings, and i am glad to be able to experience this other world through your eyes.

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    Johanna Tagada
    September 15, 2011 at 12:27 pm

    Wahou! I just discover those pictures! Visiting a flower & bird market in China is something I want to do one day. I hope such things will never disappear, it always makes me sad when things disappear and every things gets the same every where.

    I like your camera
    My boy friend has one which looks like your (an Olympus) I always look if he didnt took it with him the morning so I could try it out! But he always takes it lol.

    120 Kanjis?! You´re good!

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