March 2010 in Luoyang: in like a lion, out like a lamb

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It snowed early in the month, but later the weather turned lovely. People has impromptu picnics in the parks and we all started spending more time outdoors.

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My birthday was on the 11th.

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I implored my school not to get a cake, and they responded sweetly with lovely flowers. This photo is of me and my principal, the charming Ms. Miao with the bouquet they gave me. My family also sent flowers, and my apartment was decorated and scented with the sights and fragrances of spring.

I took the afternoon of my birthday off and played tourist.

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These photos are of a local museum which memorializes the sacrifice of several dozen horses. which took place so long ago that they are now fossilized. It's actually pretty gross. The park that it's in is nice, though, and it was a pretty day

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Some of the pathways included tiles which looked oddly Tlingit.

The following weekend I went to the Guanlin Temple, which I think is the nicest tourist trap in Luoyang

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The temple is nicely renovated and maintained, and still in use.

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In the plaza outside the temple, people fly kites and enjoy the day.