25 Days Until Spain

I am counting down the days until Spain. Don't get me wrong, I love China and I am having a great time.

We found a really good sushi place at 1912, the place where all of the young people go, full of clubs and restaurants. The sushi is incredible, and compared to pipe-tobacco stuffed turtle marinated in duck blood it is the best fucking thing that has ever been in my mouth. Four of us ate an incredible amount of sushi, the waitresses were laughing at us, and had 6 big bottles of Asahi, and the bill was no more than $15 apiece. It's really amazing.

We present our project on Saturday. With the cancer scare, communication problems within our group and general orienting (pun totally intended) ourselves to China, we are a little behind. The next few night will be busy, long ones. But I'm having fun, and the work is interesting, so I refuse to stress too much about it.

I will talk to you soon. I am going to try to update as often as possible. I forgot to mention in my last post about the Suzhou Gardens that Natalie Portman was there. I didn't see her, but some of my friends did. A little celebrity sighting made me feel at home.

Here are some photos:

This is, admittedly, a bad photograph but it has a good story behind it. I needed a panoramic overview of our site so I found a tall apartment building. I asked (well, pointed up and then at my camera) if I could go to the top and shoot some photos. The guy was young and cool and escorted me to the top. He took me to a balcony that had about a 5 foot wall that was hard to shoot over, but was working fine. He motioned for me to follow him and I obliged. He led me to the roof that was surrounded by an 8 foot parapet. He motioned for me to climb an air conditioning unit, and he climbed behind me. I didn't want to seem like a pussy, so I did it for America. The next thing I know I am kneeling on an 18 inch parapet trying to shoot photos. The security guard had the back of my shirt in his hands to keep me from falling. This Banana Republic shirt is nice, but I don't think these buttons are going to hold my 175 lbs. from falling 33 stories. My hands were shaking, so the panoramas are a little blurry. I didn't want to look down, so I just pointed my camera downwards and this is what I got. Keep in mind this is someone who was supposed to be guarding my security. But he was nice enough to allow me on the rooftop.

This is, admittedly, a bad photograph but it has a good story behind it. I needed a panoramic overview of our site so I found a tall apartment building. I asked (well, pointed up and then at my camera) if I could go to the top and shoot some photos. The guy was young and cool and escorted me to the top. He took me to a balcony that had about a 5 foot wall that was hard to shoot over, but was working fine. He motioned for me to follow him and I obliged. He led me to the roof that was surrounded by an 8 foot parapet. He motioned for me to climb an air conditioning unit, and he climbed behind me. I didn't want to seem like a pussy, so I did it for America. The next thing I know I am kneeling on an 18 inch parapet trying to shoot photos. The security guard had the back of my shirt in his hands to keep me from falling. This Banana Republic shirt is nice, but I don't think these buttons are going to hold my 175 lbs. from falling 33 stories. My hands were shaking, so the panoramas are a little blurry. I didn't want to look down, so I just pointed my camera downwards and this is what I got. Keep in mind this is someone who was supposed to be guarding my security. But he was nice enough to allow me on the rooftop.

The obligatory group photo sitting on a giant Buddha. I rubbed his belly for good luck and then immediately Purel-ed my hands for good health. I'm top right in the white T.

The obligatory group photo sitting on a giant Buddha. I rubbed his belly for good luck and then immediately Purel-ed my hands for good health. I'm top right in the white T.

This kid kept jumping up and down trying to get in my shot. He would have been annoying if he himself didn't make such an awesome shot.

This kid kept jumping up and down trying to get in my shot. He would have been annoying if he himself didn't make such an awesome shot.

The fabric of the city.

The fabric of the city.

I took this the first day when i was still getting used to my camera. The quality is shit, but the mailbox is great.

I took this the first day when i was still getting used to my camera. The quality is shit, but the mailbox is great.

Locks for luck on Purple Mountain.

Locks for luck on Purple Mountain.

I'm this confused everyday.

I'm this confused everyday.