My Focus on Dalian

Just me on Tianjin Jie near midnight. The locals don't stay out too late during the cold months...or the warm months.

Just me on Tianjin Jie near midnight. The locals don’t stay out too late during the cold months…or the warm months.

During our 18 month stay in Dalian we were lucky to have met a fantastic group of friends on just our second weekend in town. We were in a super smoky loud bar that one of Blondie’s coworkers took us to called Acapella (this was before the local police nixed the ex-pat music scene, the bastards). The bands playing consisted of  Chinese kids, teachers, IT people, and a number of others who, like us, ended up in that far-flung corner of China, and for the most part, the people and the music were great. It was comforting for us to see so early on that there was a community of like-minded folks, both Chinese and other, that we could hang out with on the weekends. Continue reading