Now we’re in Guangzhou, also known as Canton, China’s third biggest city (with 11 million people, this city has already surpast our own tiny homecountry, fancy that!). Uhm… We spent two awesome weeks in Liuzhou where we were teaching afternoon English classes for children and hanging out with our great hosts Dec & Any. Here in Guangzhou we’re helping out at a family permaculture organic farm. Since we don’t know the first thing about permaculture we get to do random things like decorating a wooden house that they just finished building, making vindsnurror and collecting leaves. The summer warmth is back, at least to our standards, and today we had a lovely smog-free sunny day with about 22°C. We have about one week until the Chinese Spring festival really takes off and before that we’re gonna spend some days going to a traditional Chinese spring festival market (think Christmas market, but Chinese) selling all the vindsnurror we made. We are getting a bit language confused by now.
We’ll stay here in Guangzhou for two weeks before we go to Hong Kong and later on to Taiwan. Hörs later!
Anton and I are spending our last days in Yangshuo. This place has been so nice, we’ve gotten to know so many awesome people and cool projects in a really short amount of time. The volunteering place has been so so but we really love the area and the people here.
After recovering from our Christmas celebrations, we’ve been helping out at our new friend Lucy’s English class for children in the city, going to a Chinese class ourselves, organizing stuff at the guest house we volunteer at and today we’ve been climbing up one of the karsts (funny looking pointy mountains) together with 3 friends who work/hang out in a hostel in the city.
After a full day of hiking and looking at a seemingly endless amount of karsts we walked home eating my favorite kind of tofu stuffed in to a steamed bun. Tomorrow we’re going to go rock climbing with some friends and then we’ll go to Chinese class. And probably book a ticket to go back to Guilin for new adventures in new places.
Ps. The beer I’m holding is said to be a North Korean beer. That was Christmas eve. We made pizza, dumplings & pizza dumplings. God jul!
Edit: we left YS and are now staying in Guilin for 4 days. The climbing was great. Puss
Lots of love and pictures bellow!
(Sorry but it’s mostly me in the pictures, Anton remembers to take pictures and I forget. So unfair. )
Anton and I left Kunming, the city of eternal spring, because it was too cold. According to our Chinese friends spring is the coldest period of the year, which would explain why the Chinese Spring festival (Chinese New Year) is in Jan/Feb. We travelled via Nanning and Guilin with a sleepless night at a sleeper train and beautiful views from the train windows to reach Yangshuo where we’ve been “volunteering” (mostly hanging out) for almost a week now. We’re staying at a guest house/outdoor English school/Chinese language school with the owner, his family and 4 other volunteers.
We’ve been spending 3 days at a Chinese class reunion doing touristy things, taking lots of pictures, studying Chinese and well, drinking beer and tea. Our language skills are still mamahuhu (= so so in mandarin) but we’re happy about the small steps forward, like getting hot black tea instead of the cold, crazy sweet, fruity ones.
Puss alla fina människor som är med I våra liv! <3
Here’s some pictures!
Yes, we have landed in China! Despite being slightly nervous about crossing the border and getting our visas accepted, everything went very smooth and we found ourselves in central Kunming in no time! The cold (but sunny) highland weather (Kunming is over 2000 m above sea level) hit us fairly hard after being accustomed to the Bangkok heat, and unfortunately none of the buildings seem to have any heating. However, we found refuge in the amazingly delicious Bao zi (hot steamed buns with vegetable filling) that we could find here and there along the streets.
In Kunming we went to a hyper-commercialized ‘old-town’, visited an impressive second hand clothes market (where we found a winter jacket each), and had a great vegan buffet cooked by the local buddists. 我们吃纯素 = wo men chi chun su, meaning “we eat vegan food” (or literally: we eat pure veg) has become our standard phrase and it works quite well so far.
Winner among the brands was evidently Violife's selection of vegan cheese; all three of the tested variants made it into the top 5. Violife's Mature Cheddar grabbed the 1st prize, Congratulations!
Here's the result of the testing in PDF format: Vegan Cheese testing 160619
This test was in no way sponsored by anyone, not by the brand, not by any other organization. Test performed 2016-06-19 in Lund, Sweden.
© Anton Frisk 2016
It sounds super easy! And it should be…
But be patient internet, I will make this look good eventually, and if I don’t it’s probably because I’m out doing other, perhaps more important, things in Life.