Everyday observations of my new city.
Trip Start Aug 05, 2011
101Trip End Oct 08, 2012
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What I did
In this part of China the hours between 12 and 3 are for resting
After the three hour mid-day siesta, I left the house and bought the ingredients for my famous "Chicken Gumbo". I made this faithfully for the next two hours. I won't bore you by braggin about my great cooking, mainly because it wasn't that good. I bought roasted chicken, since buying a live chicken and watching it get chopped up was the other alternative (I am becoming more and more vegetarian). So the cooked chicken reeked of Anise and other Chinese spices which taste like ass when mixed into a gumbo, or anything else for that matter. Italian spice sense = GOOD, Middle Eastern Spices and usage = GOOD, Spices from India = GOOD, Chinese understanding and use of spices = WTF!!!! NEVER have I eaten something here that is spiced correctly. I have had plenty of delicious food in China, but never due to the spice selection, it's due to the chicken broth and msg or the ingredients themselves. The cooked spiced chicken ruined the gumbo for me
I did go out around 9 PM due to boredom and sat outside a small store whose owners seemed to like the company. After hangin outside the store for a long time, the family that owned the space next door; invited me inside for a Chinese dinner, although they had no idea who I was, or how to speak English, we still manged to communicate quite well and I felt as though I was part of their lovely family. I love being part of other peoples families, it's as good as it gets over here. Each family has familier characters that I am well used to. Mom, Dad, kids, grandparents, and "Uncle Shit-ass", nearly every fam has an uncle like that. The fun families drink a little and have a fun time. The not-so-fun families are either Teatotalers are drunken slobs. Most Chinese families are in the middle. My family back home is in the middle as well, although there isn't a formal dinner every night. I think this is where China and other countries have America beat. The entire family shows up for dinner. Including grandparents and teenagers. They live so close. Most endearing to say the least. As a guest of many family dinners it never fails to touch my heart to be present.
Thursday I went with a lovely employee of my school to the capital of this county "Hechi" (pronounced "hutcher"), in order to get my coveted "residence permit"
I did meet a couple members of the local bike riding community whom I am just starting to meet. I am going on my first group ride on Sunday evening
I have mentioned how Medieval China is. The Universities are all walled compounds with just a few "Gates" in order to enter and exit. I live by the gate and watch the guards admit or question those who seek to enter the ancient gate. Hundreds of peasants and nobles pass through this gate (a big fecking arch like in the middle ages), every hour. I watch the traffic from my fourth floor vantage point. I'm also 30 feet away from the ladies dorm, they like to watch me while I type and surf, curious about the large zoo animal I suppose. Usually I leave my windows covered. Nice neighbors for the most part. They do add to the lovely scenery.
On occasion a big Mercedes or the equivalent slithers through the gate, some of these Party officials are rolling in the dosh. Many fail to smile. They are the Dukes and Princes of the Castle, I'm sure a King is kickin' around here as well. I consider myself a court jester or "white Monkey", mainly here to add prestige to the University. Many Uni teachers in China feel the same way