Race for Last Place

21 10 2016

Sports Day (yun dong hui) is so important at our school that we actually get a few days off for it. This year, we were invited to a foreigner “fun” kayak race for Wenli College. I came in last place, but maybe it was because everyone else was in a 2-person kayak and most of them were men… Either way, I didn’t care much because it was so great to be back on the water again.





Dragon Boat Festival

9 06 2016

Dragon Boat Festival is one of the most well-known festivals in China. The most popular legend of this festival includes commemorating a famous poet named Qu Yuan for drowning himself in the river. People remember his legacy by eating rice dumplings (zongzi, the steamed glutinous rice wrapped in bamboo leaves) and holding dragon boat races.

Instead of riding the river, my friend and I spent the day cruising on the new e-bike and catching everyday life for the residents of ShaoXing on film.





I Want to Ride My Bicycle, Bicycle, Bicycle…

22 11 2015
It was cool to see the beginning of the race.

It was cool to see the beginning of the race.

Our school asked us (on Friday) if we wanted to go to a “cultural festival” on Sunday morning, so we thought it might be interesting to see. They drove us out at 7:15am, and we wandered around for a while, wondering what kind of cultural festival it was supposed to be. Eventually, a rather large bike race began, and afterward, they let us go around part of the route on our own bikes. Morica and I got a tandem bike and conquered the massive hill that was part of the route. We got to see some really interesting cultural practices, like sugar art, fan making, and paper cutting.

This is one of the racers. I was trying to get a shot of the biker in focus and the background blurred.

This is one of the racers. I was trying to get a shot of the biker in focus and the background blurred.

After the official race, they let random people take out bikes and tandem bikes around part of the route. Morica and I snagged a tandem bike together.

After the official race, they let random people take out bikes and tandem bikes around part of the route. Morica and I snagged a tandem bike together.

This is a phoenix made from sugar.

This is a phoenix made from sugar.

This kind man gave us all red shapes cut out of paper that he made.

This kind man gave us all red shapes cut out of paper that he made.

This man is cutting pieces of wood to make fan blades with.

This man is cutting pieces of wood to make fan blades with.

They gave us all selfie sticks at the end of the day.

They gave us all selfie sticks at the end of the day.

And…

We met this adorable puppy at the festival.

We met this adorable puppy at the festival.