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... week. I couldn’t agree more and reasoned that guilt-free indulgence on a Saturday night is medicine for the soul. It’s funny how something as ubiquitous as Ferrero Rocher becomes the more precious the further we are from home. Nevermind the fact that I could probably quite easily buy them over here (I remember seeing them in a store in Beijing), but just like German Haribos, they ...
... of Europe is being reduced to just a few dishes. Indian restaurant owners no doubt are facing the same challenge. The US is the only country I can think of that has managed to export regional dishes, such as Southern Comfort Food, Tex Mexx or Chicago pizza internationally. Being able to present itself as a diverse country and reducing generalization and stereotyping so common with other countries (or even continents as with Africa) speaks ...
... random facts about tea that I learned today (as I remember them, didn’t exactly take note):
1. All tea comes from the same plant, the only difference being how old the leaves are.
2. The first picking of Hangzhou’s Longjing tea once fetched 8,000 RMB for 500g.
3. Tea tree oil is derived from the tea tree’s blossom.
4. High quality tea ...
... With all the vegetation in Hangzhou and, in particular at West Lake, this was one of our least polluted days.
After strolling through the park, we all boarded a boat and took about a 45-minute cruise around the lake. The lake was beautiful from the shoreline and edged toward spectacular from the boat, with several temples and pagodas in the hillsides and colorful boats on the water.
From West Lake we took a short ...
And so from a sombre farewell and promises to visit us in NZ to a happy reunion after the short flight to Hangzhou.
Sue and Jeremy had stayed with us for a week in January 2013. Newly married, they were on a one year honeymoon which included a six month working visa for NZ. They travelled with their wedding gear and even backpacked it up Mt Maunganui where Warwick took photos at the top. Likewise at McLarens Falls Park.
They have settled back into Sue's ...