Typhoon Wipha

Trip Start Sep 04, 2007
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Trip End Dec 20, 2007


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Wednesday, September 19, 2007

Yesterday, after a good 24 hours of incessant downpouring rain, one would think that we would expect something might be up -- living near the West Pacific during a time of global climate change. However, the four naive Seattlites thought nothing of this weather. Our only real comments were that our skin was really itchy after being out in the rain, something we accredited to the acid rain.

Yesterday evening, however, at the nearby convenience store (which we jokingly refer to as the 'fangbian dian' -->a literal translation that more than likely wouldn't make any sense to a native) our friend Pring informed us of the impending Typhoon. She, being from Thailand, mentioned it nonchalantly, being quite accustomed to these oceanic terrors. Us, however, rushed to the our rooms to Google the heck out of this impending storm.

A mix of thrill and fright, I spent copious hours browsing online for sporadic updates... something that proved to be quite unsuccessful (as the West/English speaking news was not awake yet, and all of the accessible news was local, and in Mandarin... no, we haven't yet gotten to the chapter on natural disasters in my class).

Our TV provided visuals, which both informed and entertained us simultaneously. Check out the video above, don't be discouraged if it takes a while to download on your computer, I think it is fairly worthwhile.

We did end up having classes today (!). And I found out yesterday that I had received the teaching position here in Suzhou at Xinghai Elementary, and was supposed to start today, however the local elementary and middle schools all closed for the day due to the inclement weather. I start next Wednesday, instead. *wipes brow

The rain has hardly ceased (a while this afternoon, which we joked was the 'calm before the storm'. Due to the bottomless acid rain puddles outside (and creepy centipedes it brings out), we have been spending a bit of time in our rooms. The storm, which was a Category 4 'Super Typhoon' lastnight has been downgraded to a miserly Tropical Storm (a let down for us adrenaline junkies) due to hit us here in the next few hours. More later, post occurrence.
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halcyonstrident
halcyonstrident on

little things
and why did you not get a picture of said creepy centipedes?!

jess.joy
jess.joy on

Re: little things
Would you take your camera out during a tropical storm?

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