Do pardon my delay in maintaining blog, but nothing too exciting was happening during January except toward the end of the month as to which I was anxious to leave the campus. However, three days before leaving I developed another allergy attack and by the time I arrived in Chengdu that Friday afternoon, I lost my voice entirely.
Mike, also a Guangya teacher, was so concerned for my well-being (bless his heart) that he urged that I visit the hospital. Now, the doctor didn't tell me anything new about my condition ... the examiner typed his diagnoses into the computer and the doctor then told me - what I already knew - I had laryngitis. She suggested that I return Saturday to see specialist, however, when we went, the physician informed us to come back Monday... Hospitals are really not that much no matter where you are in the world.
So that night, I did most of my communication with gestures, smiling to frowning and nodding. Also another Guangya teacher, an Australian, accompanied us as we went to dinner. We shared a delightful dish of sautéed garlic leafy greens, spicy oiled potato spuds, scallion broth soup ... Mike savored meat dish whilst the other and I devoured our vegetable delight.
As usual, I allowed myself to heal and my lungs began to detox; not a very pleasant experience, but by Wednesday afternoon, my voice returned and as for me, my old self... no doctor prescription, just self-healing.
I've made a short video of the adventures Mike and I shared, then added another with a friend, Christina, whom I met a few weeks before arriving to Chengdu. I trust you'll enjoy the scenery, tis time I added captions thus making a storytelling video ... and asian music to set the mood.
The weather has been chilly and China is in process of celebrating Spring Festival and New Year (14 Feb 10). Sam's Guest House is a quaint place to stay and very friendly with foreigners from all over. They not be an expensive place with lavish rooms and fancy service... one cannot beat their accommodation prices. They are located in the center of town, which means getting around is quite easy... however, taking the bus or simply walking is much faster than trying to flag a taxi, unless the hour is extremely early in the morning and the streets are empty (more information about Sam's later).
7 Feb 2010 Update.... finally was able to upload video.... sorry had to remove .flv version, unable to read captions, reloaded wmv version, hopefully more visual.