Of course I have been running a lot- here is a scene from the park on Saturday morning.. hmm just kidding, my video can't upload. It was a large performance in the middle of the park of traditional "red songs" and all the older people walking around were joining in singing as they walked by, as in the past they were mandated to have sung them, which made for a vibrant/immersive listening experience. This sort of stuff happens all the time in the parks, especially the bigger ones like the one I run in. There are always older people up to something in the park- taiqi, dancing (and I meaning ballroom type dancing, anyone can join in and everyone gets really into it), this sport that has a racket like tennis, but the ball is really heavy and the goal is to balance it, Chinese yo-yo, various martial arts, some sort of exercise that involves loud shouts every once in a while, and using the "exercise machines" which can be found in parks (I'll take a picture for you guys soon :) But here is a picture of part of the park! I was the only white person in the park as far as I could tell, and it was pretty full and it's a pretty big park. But not at all touristy I think, which means people aren't used to seeing white people I guess, because I always get a lot of stares, though it's been getting better- I think I'm becoming a normal sight there.
|And.. I'm a terrible photo taker, I think that's my glove on the top right..|
Though admittedly not today or yesterday, as the air pollution has apparently been "beyond classification" (?!) Here is picture from around 15:00 today. I don't think it looks that bad, but you can't see the sky at all/ there is no sun and there are no shadows.
But back to the good part- Food!
|I'm in China for real! Look at those lions! And jeans (Bridgette : ) )|
That wasn't a food picture.. We went to 后海, or behind the sea, (yes, there is a 前海, in front of the sea), which is super touristy. And yes, there is no real sea, it's just a pretty big lake, but that's its name. There were more foreign people there then I've seen in a long time, as well as so many coffee places- there are 0 in my neighborhood, so everything was super expensive. But we did visit the first post office in China, which was gorgeous. I want to live there, even though it is tiny. I guess the most interesting thing was that you can tell Chinese people apart from foreigners by how we behave- I still haven't adopted the slightly aggressive way of standing in a line so common here, nor have I gotten used to people not paying heed to cars, and cars not paying heed to people. I'm sure I will though.
|木耳＋鸡蛋 and .. I forgot. But it was super good!|
|A sandwich, I kid you not. It has bread on the outside,|
and inside there is more cakey bread, and some dried meat.
The above gem was found in 高琳's student shop, though now that I know to look for them, they're everywhere! Other before unseen food items I have now seem include, pea ice cream and a pre-made sandwich with red bean in the middle. That last one was pretty good actually, it's what I ate for breakfast today.
|You might not be able to see it, but an option is "Refreshing Black Funguses"|
as well as Egg Tarts
Other than eating, we also went to get some calligraphy supplies for me, which was quite successful, and window shopped for a while. When we got back we both were feeling like we had a cold, and we had work to do, so we stopped for a dinner of soup, which I should have taken a picture of because they were both so Chinese! We got one sweet and one salty one, both were veg because 高琳 is so nice, the sweet one had all sorts of beans and dried fruit (called 8 tastes or something?) and the salty one had cucumber and rice. We also got a stir-fried lotus root dish and some noodles. So good.
One last thing- I am working really hard to improve my tones, so I went to my teachers office hours today and asked them to correct my pronunciation, and my teacher said I had the 8th best pronunciation (not tones! definitely not including tones!) of anyone he'd met. This is probably an exaggeration, but I remain pleased.
That's it for now! Got to practice some characters!