HNA Hotel Downtown
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... the same as my American family, just nicer.
they've helped me to understand a culture that is so different from ours. I'll never forget the way my host mom almost had a heart attack when she found out I had a smoothie because she feared I would get diarrhea from the old, or when she got up in the middle of that night to assure me that if I got diarrhea, she'd be here for me. Then when I actually got diarrhea (from
something else) she had her I told you so moment.
... That gives us plenty of time to figure out where to put it! They also had a lacquer ware factory, but we didn't buy anything there. They had a very nice restaurant on the premises and we had a great buffet lunch. You'd think by now we would be seeing the same dishes over and over, but somehow this isn't the case. Every time, we are tasting new things! Back to the hotel after a very full day. This evening we will go to a special dinner with traditional dancing that should be ...
... Alan's Birthday present from Sharon. It's at a woman's apartment in a maze or high-rise blocks (called bird cages by the locals) and narrow streets full of locals gambling over games of Mahjong. The cooking class turns out to be just 5 of us, including an English speaking guide, the chef (Mrs Lee) and a photographer. We go through the steps for making dumplings, Kung Pao Chicken, Garlic Pork, Chinese Style Potatoes and Tofu. Along with some beers, we spend ...
... each diamond that passes through his hands into a masterpiece. But a novice or untalented artisan who gets even the best rough diamonds will produce badly cut diamonds that would never pass scrutiny at any time. The clarity of loose diamonds becomes apparent when each stone is handled under 10-power magnification. This helps the artisan see if the loose diamonds have any surface flaws because surface flaws will diminish ...
... and some saltines and started making sandwiches for the group. We received many looks from others on the train but it was completely worth it. Plus, anyone that eats a chicken head cannot judge my peanut butter and saltine combo. After seven hours, two entire chickens, and a jar of peanut butter, the D142 train reached Xi'an.
Side bar: Previously in the blog, we had mentioned some key individuals that have facilitated our Wuhan experience, however, ...