That’s right folks… the world’s biggest communist country just hit top of the charts as biggest consumer. According to a CBC.ca article China just beat out America as the top consumer…
Oh, and for anyone that might have heard about that big coal mine explosion that has killed like 200-some-odd people… it was in the same province I am in, Liaoning, but is about 7 or 8 hours away.
If you drew a line straight down from Fuxin to the peninsula between Korea and Beijing, that’s where I am.
Anyhow… as you might have guessed by all my reading of news back in Canada (boo hoo NHL) not much has really been happening to me since I got back to school earlier this week. I am hopeful for the weekend though, as I’m going to Shenyang with some friends. I hear it’s a real shit-hole of a city, but well.. it’s fifth biggest in China, and we’ve got bugger all else to do.
Alright – I’ve finally pulled some Spring Festival photos off my camera… nothing overly exciting (how do you top cold dead dog in your fridge?), but here they are:
 Serena outside a park near Victory Square.  There were four of these giant balls in Xinghai Park, spelling out Happy New Year I think.
 Victory Square Shopping Centre… loads of everything you need, and even more of everything you don’t.  Ah, that’s a firework. 😉
 Annie’s family and the Matthews, along with what’s left of the lunch she had for us.  Later that night, we went to Kai Fa Qu for some drinks, met up with Lao Paul (old Paul) and Brandon, two English teacher’s there.
 When will Canadian bartenders pick up on this trend?  These two girls were great, I mean I’ve seen chipper bartenders before, but they really looked like they were having fun.
NOTE: By the way! I got a program called Skype that will let me talk to you all over the Internet, virtually like it’s a phone line. You just need speakers and a microphone. My username is thehumanaught.