Friday, January 14, 2011

Thematic Photographic 130: Far from Home

I'm a Taurean (not that I take any notice of that stuff....). We bulls are supposed to be homebodies, preferring to stay ensconced in our little cocoons. I do love my home, but the last little while I've rediscovered the joys of travelling, and I plan to do a LOT more.

Because I can.
While I can.

From a trip in 2004 when I took some 16 and 17 year old students to Shanghai:

 Our usual breakfast in the dormitory we were staying at. In the bowl is a very runny rice porridge. The dumplings were yummy!
 An English classroom - a little different from my one. There were about 40 kids in the class - 14 year-olds. It was all rote learning - repeating words, as a group, over and over. My kids couldn't believe how dull and boring it was. I threatened to teach them like that when we got home...
 School assembly. Complete with bands and marchpasts.

 A visit to a park. A reasonable request, I feel.


It was a great experience - and looking out these photos brought back some great memories. Thanks, Carmi! 
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  1. nice travelogue. i find it interesting that the signs all had english for translations.

    i never would have thought that would be the case.

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  2. That's one of the great things about Thematic Photographic - getting the chance to visit old pictures and revive old memories. Thanks for the peek into your experience.

  3. "for the sake of life"
    I love translations...

    enjoyed your far from home photos.

  4. so interesting!! love your pic's!

    especially the one with all the signs...'clouds melted in tea fragrance' - i want to go there!! sounds wonderful!

    and the sign to not climb trees or pick flowers for the sake of life!! another sign worthy of a picture!
    nice memories....
    thanks!! and happy travels!

  5. Thanks Alexia for such a wonderful journey far away from home, and simply far away! Very interesting trip you had....fulfilling and lovely....each photo is fantastic as I knew they would the street sign at the end...nice touch! as for being a Taurus, my father was too....and he was a great man, and quite interesting too!

  6. Wow. You took students to China? I'm impressed. I'm not sure I'd take that risk -- especially since I, too, have been to China.
    (All my China photos are on film, though.)

    Thanks for sharing. :)

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  8. Whenever I travel, I think I need to take you along to point out how to take the most compelling pictures of the experience.

    These are wonderfully resonant!


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