Back to my second home in Zhaoqing. travel blog

Students on their way to afternoon classes.

Zhaoqing Medical College sign.

Zhaoqing Medical College logo.

Flowers around the Dinghu campus.

Flowers around the Dinghu campus.

Almost bursting in to flower. Can't wait to see what pops out.

Almost bursting in to flower. Can't wait to see what pops out.

Almost bursting in to flower. Can't wait to see what pops out.

Flowers around the Dinghu campus.

Flowers around the Dinghu campus.

Reflections near the main teaching building.

Flowers around the Dinghu campus.

Flowers around the Dinghu campus.

Clarinet ensemble at Zhaoqing University.

Clarinet ensemble at Zhaoqing University.

Clarinet ensemble at Zhaoqing University.

Clarinet ensemble at Zhaoqing University.

Clarinet ensemble at Zhaoqing University.

Qianqian keeping herself from getting too bored!

Clarinet ensemble at Zhaoqing University.

Beautiful piece from three very talented teachers.

Beautiful piece from three very talented teachers.

Beautiful piece from three very talented teachers.

Beautiful piece from three very talented teachers.

Beautiful piece from three very talented teachers.

Setting up for the finale, with all the clarinets out.

Setting up for the finale, with all the clarinets out.

Finale, with one teacher conducting and the other doing a solo.

Finale, with one teacher conducting and the other doing a solo.

Conductor joining in with the huge ensemble.

I want this girl's T-shirt. "proud of music"

Finale.

They had the whole audience clapping along.

Standing and acknowledging the applause!


Some days just change direction, without even any effort at all.

It started off gently, with me planning to go to the wool market to get some more yarn, and then heading over to the medical college, for the afternoon class at Dinghu campus.

I actually managed to link up with both Cheryl and Gary on wechat this morning, but had to cut our chats short, so I could go and get showered and dressed, ready to head out! I will be able to be in touch with them both again soon!

I changed some things are the wool market, and bought some more yarn. I was planning to make a beanie for Little Andy, but ended up with yarn I was not particularly happy with, so decided to make it for a little girl. I was not sure who just yet, but someone will pop into my mind, I am sure!

On the bus to the Dinghu campus, Annie got on the bus. She was my old Head of Department, when I first arrived at the Medical College. I had not seen her so far, this trip, although we have been making plans to catch up, when her workload drops off a little. We chatted non-stop, all the way to the new campus, and are both determined to catch up again soon. We have so much to talk about. She has a baby daughter who is now nearly 11 months old, and by the way she talks, has adapted to motherhood very well!

When we got out to the new campus, I waited until 2.30, and then went to the library to look for Denise, Gary's wife. She had told me she works out at Dinghu on Saturdays, but she was not there today. So, I decided to sit in the library and start making the beanie, which I had decided would be for Qianqian, their little girl.

While I was sitting there, I had messages from Denise, apologizing for not being there, as she was needed in the old campus today. Not a problem. But, she also invited me to join her for a performance at the Zhaoqing University tonight.

The Performing Arts Department is having many shows at the moment, mostly with their graduating students. And tonight was a Clarinet Ensemble. So, of course, I said I would love to go with her.

Firstly, she suggested that I get off the bus at the Zhaoqing University, and I said I could do that, but then I realized that I would have around an hour and a half to wait for the show, so I decided to get the bus all the way into the city, and simply get a #10 bus back out to the university. That would kill some time, and let me arrive at a better time.

Before Scott's class, I went for a wander, looking for the shops I knew were between the student accommodation, and the canteen area. Of course, I found photos to take on the way, and when I got there I got a tin of snack food that I really like. It is a whole lot of grains and beans in a syrup, and I find it quite tasty. So, at least I had something to eat before the show.

But, during the class, Denise messaged me again, and invited me to eat dinner with her and Qianqian, and go directly to the university from their house.

So, she sent me another message, in Chinese, to tell the bus driver where I needed to get off. But, while I was waiting at the bus, Annie came along again, and said that I could get off the bus with her, and her husband would drive me to the gate of Gary and Denise's building. So, that solved a problem of interpreting her directions!

Denise and Qianqian came down to the gate to meet me, said hello to Annie and her husband, and they went on their way. Gary was still at college, as he has a basketball game tonight, and he will catch a bus home later.

They have not long moved into their new house, and there is still stuff everywhere. Not easy when they both work full-time. Their house is not big, but it is nicely set out, and with pretty classy decor.

Denise had cooked spaghetti for me for dinner, and also stir fried pork and vegetables. It was a lovely dinner, and filled me right up.

We did not leave until about 7.50, which surprised me, but she is only five minutes from the university.

The clarinet music was not entirely to my taste, but it was great to sit in on a live performance. And they were all so very professional in their presentations. Three of their teachers did a number together toward the end of the show, and that was absolutely wonderful. Such emotion carried through the music.

Qianqian was a little bored, but she was well behaved. No fussing on her part. She played around with the water bottles that were on the bence, and had various structures balanced. It was good to see her amuse herself, and not create a hassle. Hard to think she is only 5 years old!

When we were leaving, it was about ten minutes until the last bus, so I got Denise to drop me off at the bus stop, and I could get the last bus all the way home. I know how expensive fuel is, and apart from that, I did not want her to have to drive all the way over town to take me home.

I had a wonderful, surprising evening, with lovely music, in a great setting, great accoustics, and just spending time with her and Qianqian. But, by the time I got home, I was very tired and well and truly ready for bed!!



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