Tianjin – Day Three

Hello!  Here’s the stuff from Day Three.  We really didn’t take too many pictures today – we went to another market to shop, but forgot to get the camera out.  It rained which made the fact that they are digging up all the pipes to replace them in the entire city (good thing!) a very messy thing. Mud is bad!  Anyway, I’ve got a few of Kimberly and I eating meat on a stick at a little stand at the market.  It was funny – they have little “shops” and they empty all the food making stuff out and set it up under an awning  – then you can eat inside at little tables in the “shop”.  Make sense?

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So here we are with our meat on a stick (and veggies on a stick).  They were really friendly and nice – especially because it was raining so not many people were venturing into the food area as it is not completely covered.

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And Kimberly wanted one of me eating the meat on a stick.  Notice that I am wearing her hat?  Cause it is cold!  It was 52 (high) yesterday.  It’s a high of 54 today.  Chilly!  Oh and I realize that pink looks awful with my hair, but I don’t care!

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And this was Katie this morning in her new dress Kimberly bought her.  I got her the Hello Kitty barrettes over her pigtails.  And yes, she knocked her head – slipped in the apartment yesterday.

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So cute – and yes, that is her smile.  She’s in that cheesy stage.  (Not as many Libby pictures because she is at school all day).

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And this was one from yesterday when we went to Ancient Culture Street.  He was repainting murals over a restaurant’s archways.  They had whitewashed it and then started over.  Beautiful, huh?

And lastly, I thought I would share another interesting cultural aspect.  When you go to a restaurant here, it is perfectly ok to bring your own drink.  Just like home – it is much cheaper to buy one at the grocery store than to buy one at a restaurant.  And here – that is not rude!  In fact, a lot of them kind of expect you to bring your own drinks.  Also, you would traditionally get your rice at the end of your meal.  Kimberly has gotten used to asking to have it with the meal because that is the way we eat it at home.

Alright – today we are going to eat with her Korean students.

12 comments to Tianjin – Day Three

  • Tamara

    Looks like you are having fun! I am so jealous!

    And I am coveting that pink hat. If only I didn’t suck at knitting.

    Eat some meat-on-a-stick for me!

  • lauren

    thanks for blogging about your visit. although i read kimberly’s blog everytime she posts – it’s interesting to see her new home thru your eyes.

  • You are brave to eat on the streets. My husband would only eat at the restaurants when we were in Indonesia and after that experience, he’s so not into going to China. You’re much braver! This is fun reading. TFS!

  • love seeing all these pictures and read the story of your fabulou strip Emily !!
    Sounds like a real fun trip !!

  • smallcity

    This is great getting to see all the pictures of China.

  • Joan F.

    I ove reading your blog and all of your adventures!
    Enjoy!
    Joan

  • I gotta thank you for sharing this fantastic trip with us! I’m surprised at how interesting this is to read every day! Looks like you’re enjoying yourself, which is wonderful! Oh, and I’d like to say I feel bad for you with the 54 degree high, but for this Midwestern girl, 54 would involve no jacket and a dance of joy around my driveway!! Keep having fun, girl. Laterz~

  • Love, Love, Love reading all of this and looking at the pictures. What a wonderful experience. I am half Korean – born in Seoul – but have not been back since I was little. Would love to visit again. Thanks for sharing. I come here just about every day. =]

  • I am really loving all of your pictures and stories from China! Looks like you are having a fabulous time!

  • Carolynn

    I find all of your posts on China so interesting. I love all the pictures and interesting stories you tell. Thanks so much for sharing with us:)!

  • So enjoying your photos!!

  • Kristyn Sinnott

    Boy, I am just lovin’ your blogging of your trip. I read it through and then have my boys (who are homeschooled) come see your pictures. This has been absolutely fascinating. There is such beauty there amidst the gray poverty. Thank you sooooo much and keep writing. We are all learning and lovin’ your journey.

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