Safe and sound

Tokyo had a 6.6 earthquake? I guess so, that’s what my email tells me multiple times. Also, apparently a typhoon or two is near Japan. Poop!

So far, I’ve been doing just fine. I don’t have internet everywhere I am, so if you don’t hear from me for a few days, don’t panic.

All I want for Christmas UPDATE

Thank you so much to everyone who responded to my earlier post about my Christmas wishes. I’m really grateful for the support I received, and it gives me hope that we can all build a better future. Hopefully, it will touch more people’s lives — my piece was published on Christmas Eve in the San Francisco Chronicle opinion page. Thanks again everyone, and have a merry Christmas.

On the tables

It has come to my attention that when I moved my blog off the WordPress server, the RSS feed may not have updated properly, meaning those of you who were relying on a reader to inform you of my posts might have missed a few.  If you are actually interested in what I have to say, you might want to look into it.

However, seeing how this is Caitlin’s blog, I’m sure that there are many who don’t care the slightest about me or my blog.  If that’s the case, forget everything you just read.

Guangzhou at Night

Neither Jeff nor I can claim to be night owls or party animals, but Guangzhou really seems to be the most fun at night. Our hostel was located on what was apparently the main bar drag, but it wasn’t too crowded or rowdy, thankfully. Instead, tons of locals were out eating late dinner and shopping all throughout the neighborhood. The weather in Guangzhou is wonderfully warm and pleasant at night, and everyone seems to come out to socialize at about 9 p.m.

One of the nicest most puzzling things about China is that most buildings in large cities have ridiculous arrays of neon lights. While these must cost a fortune in energy, almost every city seems to have a penchant for glowing, colorful and patterned building decor. The side effect, though, is that the lights finish off what the pollution started for star gazing. Of course, the displays are also really quite beautiful sometimes as well.

Since we were living right by the river and on the main bar street, all the buildings nearby were lit up with colorful displays. The trees along the path by the river all had lights strung on them, and the docks were also lit with neon colors.