Shaoxing International Hotel
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... how the chickens, turtles and eels spent their final hours and the idea of eating anything purchased off the straw mats that sat on an ground, slick with who knows what type of liquids, turned my stomach. I was grateful to be wearing very washable flip flops. We went directly from the market to a garden and ancient residence that would have housed what the tour guide called "Chinese Bill Gates" a long time ago. It was an interesting example of ...
... lovely, she told us she was 57, and her son is an English teacher. Her English didn't stretch to anything more than 'very goode' but she was fun! We watched them starting to prepare the food for the evening and then ordered spicy cauliflower, prawns and spicy mushrooms. It was all delicious. Then we watched stalls being wheeled down the street ...
... keep pollution down within the city.
We ended the day by heading back to the lake for a short cruise. One thing that happens to me is that people like to have a photo with me, as I am a westerner. It's very sweet when they ask, although I was a little confused when it first happened. This happened to me on the boat again and I thought it was quite fun.
Today was a fabulous day.
... spoke English. As you do in these situations, the few Westerners set up a small communication network and shared any snippets of information we were able to glean from various sources. Apparently the Chinese also had no idea what was happening so we just stayed alert to ensure we didn't miss the gate. Luckily there was a break in the weather and we made it on to the plane. Ultimately the wait wasn't that bad but of course it was very boring.
... we are finding it a little jarring but we are getting there, while grumbling a little I admit, but with lots of smiles and a few glares instead of just shoving back we seem to be getting the hang of surviving in China.
The food here is again just fantastic, especially the street food, Paul found crabs, deep fried in batter, on a stick, three on a stick to be precise, all for 10 yuan which is just ...