Made it back just in time for Julia’s graduation. Here’s a photo with her date to the grad banquet/cruise/breakfast that the school does as an alternative to prom. Brian’s a Korean guy who was on her South Africa trip.
It’s Canada day, so the paper is filled with things that are supposed to make Canada look good and distinct, like this quote from Jane Fonda (yes, that’s right),
When I go to Canada, I feel this what the world should be like.
Toques, Tim Horton’s donuts, and polar bears made the top 5 “Reasons to Love Canada” list. Wayne Gretzky was #9 – right above salmon. I’ll refrain from facetious comments regarding national identity crises and inferiority complexes.
We really do like it here. The weather is sunny but not sweaty, it’s all green and tree’d, quiet, spacious… and I’m talking about Surrey, B.C. The locals disagree, but perspective is very relative: driving into Surrey from the airport I thought, “Geez, this place is so… undeveloped!” It looked like frontier territory or something, compared to Yonghe. We’ve been hanging out with extended family that’s here for Julia’s grad, nice and relaxing before the craziness of the ESL program starts on Monday.
In other news, CHL will soon go public – meaning no more annoying logging in and all that. I just have to clean up a few more things and make sure I don’t accidentally mess it all up in the process.