The joys of living with censorship. Yes, I’m now back in China and since we’ve been back we’ve been having a little argument with the government about whether we should be able to see whatever we want on the internet. I’m happy to say that we have won–for the moment at least.
When we got back to Shanghai we found that our vpn, which allows us to get to forbidden sites, had been shut down and things like gmail and google had been added to the list of sites being blocked, joining wordpress (my blog host), Facebook, the NyTimes. Ben fixed it for us, but it was shut down again immediately. So we decided to buy in to a different vpn entirely so we wouldn’t have to keep bothering Ben. It only shuts off occasionally, but it will restart immediately. As a bonus we can now get Hulu! No more buying tv shows off of iTumes!
While we were back in the State’s for Mark’s mom’s funeral:
we also managed, with the help of all the King’s horses and all the King’s men (also known as Joan at Dimon and Bacorn, and Kelly), to get delivery of about a 1/3 of our stuff to Mark’s apartment in Denver.
We spent a day scurrying around unpacking and buying things like lights for the apartment, as we had only brought our one lamp. Our house had lights in the ceilings and on the walls (as does our apartment here), so we’d forgotten that most apartments are lightless!
We did take time out for breakfast and lunch at two restaurants next door to the apartment.
Coming back to the States right before Thanksgiving as we did was a great boon to our Thanksgiving dinner. No, I did not bring a turkey back in my suitcase! But I did bring pecans (hard to find, and crazy expensive), Stove Top Stuffing (because I was lazy and City Shop didn’t stock it this year), and fresh cranberries (only canned are available here).
We celebrated Thanksgiving on Saturday night so that we could invite people who had to work on Thursday. Surprisingly, Thanksgiving is not an international holiday! As happened last year, I was faced with the problem of our tee tiny oven. We can get a small turkey in but no side dishes and once the turkey is out, only one pan fits in anyway. We were going to have 9 for dinner, so we were going to need more oven space!
Mark came up with the brilliant idea of asking to use the oven in the empty apartment across the hall. I was sure we’d be told no, but they agreed to let us use it (for a price of course.)
Our Chinese friends quite liked the turkey and carrot souffle but I don’t think they were too keen on the cranberries or pecan pie!
I’m a bit behind on showing you our mail envelopes, so here’s the last few–kind of out of date, but still beautiful:
And here’s the current flowers by the elevators. I imagine they will be replaced soon with a Christmas tree. 😦