Photos from China: Random.

I’ve been here almost 10 months, and I’ve seen quite a few things I still haven’t processed yet, or wasn’t sure how to classify. “Random” seems as good as anything.

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Happy New Year from Jasper!

Not directly – I got back home today.

I wanted to do something utterly different, because, once again, I was on my own for New Year’s.  So I cashed in the travel points on my credit card and got a room FREE for two nights at the Jasper Park Lodge.  And then I splurged on the spa and marvellous food and just wandered around the lake and read a book.  I don’t DO that anymore.

It was amazing.  Not only the BEST massage of my LIFE, but the whole setting is just utterly beautiful.  Everything was decorated for Christmas, it felt like a proper VIKING house, with enormous fireplaces, and big squishy chairs.  And the resort was full to bursting – it’s a pricey place, but it’s obviously hugely popular with families, I think because you can get a completely separate cabin if you want, and there’s skiing, snowboarding, skating, tobogganing.  AND you can bring your PETS.  It was full of dogs!  I loved it!

I hope this bodes well for 2015.  Rehearsals for Ugly Princess begin this Saturday, so that should be a sign.

Oh yes.  Photos.

Christmas Tree in Emerald Lounge

Christmas Tree in Emerald Lounge

Don't feed the bears!

Don’t feed the bears!

View from my building's terrace.

View from my building’s terrace.

DON'T. FEED. THE BEARS.

DON’T. FEED. THE BEARS.

Gingerbread house big enough to stand in...and marked Do Not Eat. Temptation.

Gingerbread house big enough to stand in…and marked Do Not Eat. Temptation.

Christmas Tree of POINSETTAS.

Christmas Tree of POINSETTAS.

Lac Beauvert

Lac Beauvert

Lake Mildred

Lake Mildred

Path among cabins.

Path among cabins.

This is my Standard room. A very high standard.

This is my Standard room. A very high standard.