Tuesday, 10 February 2009

Peace and quiet

According to the lunar calendar, yesterday was the 15th day of the new year. This day marks the official end of the New Year celebrations and provides the final excuse to light up the sky with extensive fireworks. Much to the delight of little Auro, whose eyes were as big as saucers, every window of our apartment offered a view of this spectacle of colourful fireworks last night. The deafening sound of firecrackers all around us just made him more excited!
Today, for the first time since we've been back, it has been a cloudy and grey day. The ground between the apartment buildings has turned red
with the leftovers of the numberless strings of firecrackers. The spirits have gone back to wherever they came from and the usual peace and quiet has returned to Changchun (or at least to this part of the city). Believe it or not, but I actually feel a little sad. But not too much, because there will (hopefully) be no more sudden bangs of firecrackers waking Auro up from his (already fragile) naps.

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