Last week Xueer’s friend DongDong came for a visit and stayed all week. She doesn’t speak English but I enjoyed her company very much. She has lots of energy so is always busy and talks well using hand motions. She is an excellent cook so made most of the meals which were delicious as she made me fried rice with egg and vegetables almost daily. Everyone except me loves onions and garlic and the food was covered so Mark enjoyed all those dishes.
On Saturday night we had a few people over and we played the bowling and boxing game on our Wii which was a blast. All our Chinese friends had never played it before so a good time was had by all along with a little exercise.
DongDong playing the boxing game.
For dinner I made some chili so earlier in the day we went to the outdoor market to buy some hambaba. Remember the butcher from a previous blog. So he cuts the hunk of beef and was ready to grind it when DongDong went behind the counter to trim off more fat. It was funny to see her just pick up the knife and start cutting. The butcher just watched. Then she insisted that they wash the meat so a woman brought out a bucket with some waster and DongDong washed the meat. She then trimmed off more fat and washed the meat again. It was just so funny to hear them all talking and DongDong just going about her business. She then let them grind the meat so needless to say the meat was almost fat free with no grease to skim off when I made the chili. Luckily Joe had some kidney beans so it turned out well. Mark barbecued some burgers so we enjoyed our dinner.
Remember when I said they were going to have to turn off the power for 48 hours well they did the work this week and turned off the power at midnight and had the work finished at 4:00am. The 48 hour job was finished in 4 hours.
Changzhi had their first really sunny clear day last week. From Joe’s apartment on the 24th floor you can see some of the city on a daily basis. Well last week for the first time I could see that Changzhi is surrounded by hills (small mountains) imagine that. I was surprised as I have been here for 2 months. I miss the beautiful blue sky and mountains in Utah.
Lotus patch at park.
Tomorrow Mark and I are flying to Beijing and then the next day leaving for a 4 day trip to Tibet. Mark’s American boss along with his wife invited us so we decided it would be a great time to see Tibet. I have been reading about Lhasa the capital of Tibet as that is where we will spend our time touring around. Looks like we will be on a guided tours so we can see all the major sites. Hopefully playing badminton the last few weeks has helped get us in better shape for the high altitude 13,000 ft. The weather is suppose to be in the 50 and 60’s so cool for me. I didn’t bring a jacket with me to China since I just packed my usual summer clothes so I know what I might be buying there. The traditional drink is salted tea made with yak butter…so I will let you know what that tastes like. Some of the nomad women smear yoghurt on their faces with a tuft of wool for protection from the sun since we are up so high. I think I will just bring some sunscreen.