Good morning! Or evening…..
We didn’t do a whole lot yesterday – I think our feet needed a little break from all the walking! We did eat lunch with her Korean group of students. They are all wives of various execs of large companies here in Tianjin. Kimberly is teaching them English. We went to a restaurant where we sat on the floor. It was really nice – they are a fun, chatty group. Some of the food was not my thing, but they had the best BBQ’d pork ever! So tender and delicious! And they are so sweet – they brought me a gift! A tea set with some of the tea we had with lunch. I had given them postcards from Texas and Kimberly brought some of the conversation hearts I brought over because they had never heard of them before.
However, I did take a few pics later in the day. Kimberly was giving me some photography lessons. I bought the same camera she has and only knew how to use auto mode. So she gave me some tips.
Katie and I were snuggling on the couch watching Ratatouille yesterday while we were waiting for Keith and Libby to get home.
After they got home (and we ate dinner- ayi made Chao Mian for us) Kimberly and I took Libby outside and practiced some different camera stuff. Libby is pretty tolerant of modeling for you! I took that picture of her yesterday.
There are many fruit or veggie stands around the entrances to their apartment complex. This is the fruit stand we have been frequenting. It is important to build a relationship with your vendor of choice so that they will give you good prices, good produce, etc. Some of the things we got were great, some were not (the strawberries one night – wonderful! the next night – over half were rotten.) You cannot pick your own strawberries, you tell them how much and they fill the bag. The other fruits you can choose which one you would like.
And then we swung by Elle – previously Ann Taylor Loft/CK/etc. We took a peek inside and it is a small shop with some racks of clothes – all really nice western stuff. We are thinking samples or something small was wrong with them. All really nice brands. I have no idea what they cost – but I am sure they were cheaper than here! But there was only like one of each item.
And there is your local friendly butcher. See how the meat is all laying out on the counter? It is like that even in the heat of summer…. We did not buy any meat there, but Kimberly said ayi does sometimes. However, I have not gotten sick from anything here so far!
Want some fish? From the man with the cigarette hanging out of his mouth? All of this is within a two block stretch outside Kimberly’s apartment. Some of it is there all day – produce, butcher, etc. Some of it is out only at night – clothing, dvd’s, bras, panties, hair stuff, jewelry, etc.
One hairdresser shop had some ROCKIN’ music pumping out of their doorway so Libby decided she needed to bust a move…..she’s got some great moves too!
And should you need any DVD’s – you can get them here for about $1 per disc – but unlike the US, there are MANY movies per disc. Like we saw the 2 disc set of ALL the Academy Award winning movies from THIS year (I think there were 18 movies on it). For $2. Somehow I don’t think that is approved by Hollywood……
The entire point of this walk was that Libby wanted to take just me to the McDonald’s that is 2 blocks from their apartment all by herself. So we let her lead the way (Kimberly went along in case we had language issues……). We stopped in and got ice cream cones (they do not have much chocolate here though – no chocolate ice cream on the menu at all.)
At your local McDonald’s, can you pick up the entire series of The Soprano’s for a couple of bucks right outside the door? You can here! And notice the obligatory peace signs, they thought they were quite funny too.
Today we are going to Libby’s school to eat lunch with her. Then to find some authentic Chinese outfits for my boys. We have pictures of Andy in one from way back when Kimberly and Keith went to China before. I think they’d love some to wear now! I did tell Matthew that I wanted a whole box of Reese’s Puffs ready when I get home. I love my cereal! Here, at the import store, they cost $11 US a box!!! Yikes! So yeah – they don’t eat cereal, lol!