Right this is not going to be a usual post, I haven't got a lot of time on my hands and I just got back from my 2-week (note French speakers: no "s" after "week" in this case, haha) trip in a more western part of China, Guangxi and Sichuan provinces and I leave tomorrow so this is my last post from Shanghai this year.

I will just blast a ton of pics at you all as you've all been wanting from the beginning!!!!

Here are some from my weekend (14-16 July) spent with my colleague near Hangzhou bamboo-rafting and generally mucking around with other people on the tour. It was a promotional deal for foreigners only, YES!!! and wa all expenses paid for so we didn;t hesitate a minute in signing on: bamboo_intro5.jpg bamboo_intro7.jpg bamboo_intro8.jpg evening_uno_fans3.jpg group_pic3.jpg group_pic7.jpg mid-day_break_2.jpg mid-day_break.jpg race_pre-start2.jpg race_pre-start.jpg rubber-boat_slalom.jpg steph_I_bonfire_speech.jpg Don't know why some pics are smaller, I couldn't put them in a larger format else the resolution would've been too low.

Here are some pics I didn't add that were taken during my bank holiday weekend post (1st to 3rd May): VLUU L100, M100  / Samsung L100, M100 sun-lit_downtown_buildings.JPG boob_slippers.JPG sun-lit_2.JPG old_buildings.JPG                                The above include pics taken at the Midi Rock festival also on the w-e from 1st to 3rd May and anything I could think of flashing basically.

Here are another set of pics taken a various times that i may not have had time to post earlier: steph_I_last_day_at_UTSEUS_10-07-2009.jpg steph_I_last_day_at_UTSEUS2_10-07-2009.jpg                                                               These include Steph & I on our last day at work (10th July) and 王晓磊 (aka William) and "can't remember his Chinese name" (aka Brian), 2 students at the institute I worked for with whom I was close. I did plan on visiting William in Sichuan when I was there but family issues came up and I couldn't make tthe detour to his hometown to pay him a visit, next time for sure though.

Next up pics from my holidays in Guangxi province:                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   Taken in Longsheng, a small town 2h north of Guilin.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           The place everyone goes when they speak of Guilin, Yangshuo, 2h south of Guilin.

Hope this hqs been worthwhile, will see you all again in HongKong!!!!!!!!!!!!!!