Classes finally started today (though my first class won't be till Wednesday), and the campus is beginning to look less sterile now that there are more than a handful of students about (although it still seems underpopulated considering how large I'm told the student body is; they might be staying indoors avoiding the heat, like me).
This morning I was awakened at 7 (actually, I was already awake but trying to doze) by music that was being blasted across the entire campus by speakers located in virtually every nook and cranny of the grounds (somehow I hadn't noticed them before, but once I was made aware of their presence I couldn't help but see them everywhere). Most of the selections were saccharine-sounding Chinese pop music, but we were also treated to a rather martial arrangement of“El Condor Pasa”and a jaunty rendition of Billy Joel's "Uptown Girl," both with lyrics in Mandarin. It made me flash back on a similar treatment of American pop songs in M*A*S*H (which, coincidentially, I watched on my flight back from Beijing last summer). The final selection was a solemn version of "The Battle Hymn of the Republic”(ditto Mandarian) at around 8, which came as a huge relief, since I was scared the enforced concert—far too loud to ignore—would be going on all day.
Here's one of the fairly unobtrusive speakers that are scattered around the grounds—and as this demonstrates, I decided not to wait for C***o's arrival next week to tackle the photo challenge. Expect more such visuals to spice up future entries.