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Weekly Photo Challenge: Anticipation

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1. Each week, we’ll provide a theme for creative inspiration. You take photographs based on your interpretation of the theme, and post them on your blog (a new post!) anytime before the following Friday when the next photo theme will be announced.

2. To make it easy for others to check out your photos, title your blog post “Weekly Photo Challenge: (theme of the week)” and be sure to use the “postaday″ tag.

3. Follow The Daily Post so that you don’t miss out on weekly challenge announcements, and subscribe to our newsletter – we’ll highlight great posts. Add Media photos from each month’s most popular challenge.

Other themed photos:

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A Little Strange

Friday was the annual Sports Day here on campus. What was weird is that all the other years I’ve been here the university was intent on making sure all the International Teachers participated in the opening ceremony. This year we were invited to the event at 9:30am, after the opening ceremony had concluded.

What’s wrong?

Was our marching that bad?

June Staycation

Dragon Boat Zongzi

Dragon Boat Zongzi

Since Friday the 26th is our last day of class and I’d given two tests and they needed to be graded, going out of town for the long Dragon Boat Festival weekend seemed foolish. So my colleague and I came to Jinan’s Hyatt hotel where we frequently enjoy their Thursday Ladies’ Night music and cocktails.

We booked the executive floor, which perfect for “staycationers,” who can go to local restaurants anytime. The breakfast and cocktail hour were more than enough to delight and nourish. The cocktail hour offered salad or cold vegetables, breads, cheeses, hot appetizers, drinks and desserts. What more do you need?

How creative the chefs here are! Top notch! I particularly liked the mango pudding, scones, little cakes, fresh juices, and cheeses.

Congee and its accouterments

Congee and its accouterments

Grading was a breeze, if not a joy in this setting. I could take exercise breaks, had BBC, CNN or Channel News Asia to divert my attention, got three free English newspapers, and didn’t have to make my bed or tidy up. My time was so focused.

Sunday after breakfast a friend and I walked to Five Dragons Pond where we could take in nature and the art gallery.

The Hyatt staff speaks English well and are so eager to please. They strike the perfect balance of friendliness and professionalism.

The Hyatt’s right near a night market and Wanda shopping center so bargain hunters can find new goodies to take home. (I was able to avoid temptation in this area.)

Weekly Photo Challenge: Broken

In Zhujiayu

In Zhujiayu

Red Door Restaurant

Red Door Restaurant

I find this quite disturbing. At Baoxing Temple, Wencheng

I find this quite disturbing. At Baoxing Temple, Wencheng

1. Each week, we’ll provide a theme for creative inspiration. You take photographs based on your interpretation of the theme, and post them on your blog (a new post!) anytime before the following Friday when the next photo theme will be announced.

2. To make it easy for others to check out your photos, title your blog post “Weekly Photo Challenge: (theme of the week)” and be sure to use the “postaday″ tag.

3. Follow The Daily Post so that you don’t miss out on weekly challenge announcements, and subscribe to our newsletter – we’ll highlight great posts. Add Media photos from each month’s most popular challenge.

Other great photos:

Travel Theme: Arches

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Each week Ailsa of Where’s My Backpack? challenges bloggers with a creative prompt. Last  week we were suppose to post photos inspired by “Arches.” It’s too good to ignore so I found some lovely arches in China, New Mexico, and Thailand.

What arches have you seen? If you want to join the fun, follow these steps:

  • Create your own post and title it Travel theme: Arches
  • Include a link to this page in your post so others can find it too
  • Get your post in by next Thursday, as the new travel theme comes out on Friday
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Check out Where’s My Backpack for more photos interpreting “Arches.”

Weekly Photo Challenge: Relic

The former King of Cambodia

The new King of Cambodia (center), his father on the side

In Zhujiayu, China

In Zhujiayu, China

In New Mexico

In New Mexico

Jizu at a temple in Nara, Japan

Jizu at a temple in Nara, Japan

1. Each week, we’ll provide a theme for creative inspiration. You take photographs based on your interpretation of the theme, and post them on your blog (a new post!) anytime before the following Friday when the next photo theme will be announced. 2. To make it easy for others to check out your photos, title your blog post “Weekly Photo Challenge: (theme of the week)” and be sure to use the “postaday″ tag. 3. Follow The Daily Post so that you don’t miss out on weekly challenge announcements, and subscribe to our newsletter – we’ll highlight great photos from each month’s most popular challenge. Other great photos:

Jinan Art Museum

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I went to the Jinan Art Museum on the west side of town on Monday, Dragonboat Festival. Not only did we get to see lots of intriguing art, we met one of the artists. I’ll have to get one of those photos from my students.

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Sepia Saturday

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This week’s prompt inspired me to share some photos I took yesterday at a living museum or restored village called Zhujiayu in Shandong Province, China. They have a group of buildings that were where the youth were educated about peasants’ ways during the Cultural Revolution.

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Classroom with Maoist doctrine

Classroom with Maoist doctrine

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Dorm Rooms

Dorm Rooms

A guitar? Really?

A guitar? Really?

Didn't know they had time for basketball

Didn’t know they had time for basketball

Spellling Errror

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Gucci, you charge enough for your goods to hire an English major to edit your signs.

Red Leaf Valley

Getting to Red Leaf Valley is no mean feat. It took us over 2 hours to get there. While that’s what our friends’ directions told us to expect, I thought we could do better since we had these directions. We weren’t expat pioneers, while they had been. I thought we were leaving early enough by going at 8:30 am, now I’d advise someone to leave at 7.

We met some students who suggested we take a different bus to the first bus, which I think we should have ignored. Anyway that second bus was packed by the time we got to it, so we wound up taking a cab, which helped us make up some time. As you’d expect from the name Red Leaf Valley was aflame with red and gold this time of year. Hordes of people go there to see the foliage at its peak. They have several trails, a couple temples, a pond, tree houses and play equipment for children. While it’s a bit built up for the likes of say, John Muir, I enjoyed getting out and breathing some fresh air. The entrance fee is 60 rm, which is pricey, but they have discounts for seniors.

Getting back we squeezed on to a packed city bus. In hindsight, I recommend walking to the bus stop before Red Leaves Valley so you aren’t standing for 90 minutes or more.

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