With the Spring Festival break and the warm weather we’ve been having, the local brats darlings are out in full force, raising as much Cain as humanly possible. Yesterday the cacophony began just past 7 with a volley of firecrackers and the accompanying shrieks of joy. Yeah that would be 7 AM. Directly under my balcony. Remember when you were little and there was an old guy in the neighborhood always screaming at the kids? You know, the guy in his bermudas, black socks and flip-flops, out in the yard with a water hose screaming, “Hey! Get outta’ my yard ya’ little creeps!” Somehow, I’ve become that guy. As an aside, Chinese parents apparently frown upon the local laowai throwing oranges at their children. Who knew?
As predicted (accurately for a change) the weather has turned. I was hoping the warm spell would last through Chinese New Years Day, but no such luck. The temps will fall well into the 40’s over the next few days. Now I know that doesn’t sound very cold to many of you who may be reading this, but you have to remember, there is no heat here. Yeah, go ahead and read that again. For 99% of the Liuzhou population there is no central heat. Translation… 45 outside = 45 inside. The forecast also calls for rain.
Cold and rain do not provide the best environment for taking photographs, but I am committed to documenting Chinese New Year with my camera. I plan to shoot from various locations across the city for a continuous 24 hour period. I’ll begin at 6 Saturday morning and go straight through until 6 Sunday morning. My hope is to provide some of you a glimpse into a world with traditions and culture and color and people that you might not otherwise get to see. When I’m finished, I’ll post 24 images, one from each hour of the day. I hope you’ll join me over the next few days, I am hoping it will be an adventure for me and that I can somehow transfer some of what I see and feel on to you. Stay tuned!