|We found a parking place!|
|Cockles and mussels alive alive-o!|
The Beefeaters at the Tower of London do wear the authentic uniform, dating from Tudor times. At Da Peng, the silly “golden guards” at the entrance set the tone of fake historicity and tourist bling. Once inside, the fortified town mostly consists of some nondescript old buildings, probably from the 19th century and painted a whiteish sort of grey, with lots of black mouldy bits on the walls. A few of the more impressive ones seem to have been the home of a general or two. Most of the “restored” bits of Da Peng appear to have been completely rebuilt, so I think that there is almost nothing left of the original fortified town.
On 8th June the school is supposed to be paying me everything I am owed: my salaries for the summer, as well as my gratuity. (Gratuities are a rather nice little tradition in international schools. Here in China, your gratuity is a month’s salary for each year, so it really is worth having.) Well, in theory we should be able to do a bank transfer for nearly all of your cash, so we will not have to carry a lot of money onto the plane. Maybe this time I will take my copy of Anna Karenina to my branch of the China Merchant Bank.