|Another Easter in China! I brought an egg dyeing kit with us and had fun doing Easter eggs. I invited a few of the foreign teachers to help and Gis thought it looked like old times when the kids would spend a day together doing eggs.
David spent two months in Canada this past winter and he invited us to his house for lunch and cooking lessons. We gave him the eggs and explained about the custom of colouring eggs for this holiday. This is the first time we have been in a Chinese home and David, his wife and her mother could not have been more welcoming. When David was in Canada we introduced him to the Wii and he bought one as soon as he came home. He must be really spending some time on it - he has a mean tennis game! I learned how to make Chinese dumplings and will definitely try my hand at that again. They were shaped two different ways and some were fried and some boiled. We had two varieties, neither of which were donkey!
There are a couple of photos from one of the little nearby restaurants. We are hidden away in a little booth and have to do all our ordering in Chinese. When you are finished eating in China you have to yell at the waitress to get your bill, or well, chopsticks, a drink etc. If you don't you may sit there forever. You typically order one dish per person and everyone shares here. It is a good way to try a variety of foods once you get past the fact that everybody's chopsticks and spoons are going into the dish.
Vivi found a restaurant that serves Starbucks coffee and took us there last Sunday. I drank enough cups to ensure that it was well past midnight before I got to sleep. They were having a big banquet at the restaurant a little later and the tables were dressed very beautifully. Outside they were just setting up the barbeque and the evening's main dish was in a cage waiting for the right temperature, I guess.
It gets pretty warm during the day but still cools off quite a bit at night. Tulips are blooming and the old women are busily planting. I counted 26 on the project across the street from us. China is not short of manpower. The yellow flowers are marigolds and the pink are petunias.
Gis is getting used to standing in a puddle of water while teaching but he still has some hesitation plugging in his computer equipment right beside the water dribbling down the wall. I have included a photo in our building of the stalactite growing. It is on the second floor of an 8 story building. Go figure!
We are back to madly studying Chinese. I managed to phone today to get a refill for our water jug so that was quite a high. We are understanding and speaking more all the time.