shave 上里古镇 Shangli ancient town, near Yaan, Sichuan
flames 金沙庵大殿 Jinsha Nunnery, Chengdu
kitchen reflection Gingko Restaurant, Chengdu The spring weather in Chengdu seems well-organized: it rains at night and clears up during the day. It’s pleasant to listen to the rain at the end of the day as one practices the guitar or – well – types a blog entry. I missed my gym workout today. I was AT the gym, but the place was so crowded you could hardly move, so I left. Lesson to self – only work out in the mornings. I got off to a good start this week, about 5 km a day on the treadmill, with some light weightlifting. I’ve never been good at math, but it seems to me that if I can burn off about 500 extra calories a day, and cut out about 500 calories worth of junk food or excess carbs, then I should have a net loss of 1,000 calories a day. Is that correct, or wishful thinking? Last weekend I went shopping with a friend at some outdoors-type stores, looking for hiking gear. I already knew that I wouldn’t find shoes (I’ve ordered them thru ebay from the U.S.), but it was disheartening to find that I couldn’t even struggle into XX-Large size pants. Hence the 5 km-a-day routine at the gym, although I doubt that I’ll meet my weight-loss goals by the end of June, in preparation for my summer travel. The semester progresses with no problems. I delivered my final lecture of the academic year last night. It was about the 10th
Dreaming One of the last remaining shopkeepers in a narrow lane of the condemned 水井坊 Shuijingfang district closes her eyes momentarily, perhaps remembering better days.
carved support detail Wuhou Temple, Chengdu