Yesterday I walked downtown which was the first time since arriving here a month ago. In the past I always walked but having Xueer here with a car has made life easier. The city of Changzhi is much cleaner than Jincheng with garbage cans on every block so there wasn’t any trash anywhere which was really nice. The people here also follow the traffic lights so you are not taking your life in your hands every time you cross the street, and the sidewalks are all even so much easier to walk and not trip every second step. It was a nice 30 minute walk to the center of town so on the way home I decided to go into a store to look for a pair of shoes to wear to a wedding we are attending today. Most of their shoes go by European sizes so I know I wear a 39 which I wrote on a paper (I can say it in Chinese but just wanted to be safe) and after hearing “mayo” (means no don’t have) a few times I figured I would leave. Then I spotted a cute pair of of shiny white ones with a bow for $12.00 which they had in my size. Actually I don’t know what scale they use as they were size 250. It felt a little small for my normal shoe but I’m not going to be running any marathons in them as that is the biggest size they had so I bought them. So now for the wedding I will wear the dress that I bought with Xueer a few weeks ago and my new shoes. It will be interesting to attend my first wedding in China. Sounds like they have the ceremony before hand at one of their homes so we will be attending the reception at a hotel.
This past week they had a work dinner for the couple at a local hotel so Mark and I went. Grant is an interpreter at the mine and his wife Catherine speaks English quite well so it was nice to visit with them. In China toasting is a huge custom so they had to walk around and toast everyone there (about 20 people) and then many more toasts at the table. Catherine is toasting with coke and Grant with( bijiu “byjoe” )a very very strong horrible tasting liquor. Notice how small the glass is. This is what Mark has to toast with at all of his official meetings. Will be sure to take lots of pictures.
Last Saturday we went to a local florist to set up a delivery schedule for flowers to be sent to apartment every two weeks. She said she would send the flowers in a few hours so we came home and just waited to see what would come as I wanted a few small bouquets. So look what came.
Needless to say I was quite shocked as I certainly wasn’t expecting anything that big. She said thru Xueer she made it big as a thank you for continued business. So we will see what comes in a couple weeks. The flowers keep me busy keeping them all trimmed and just makes me happy every day when I wake up. That arrangement was about $8.00.