Nanxi - Saturday
Trip Start Apr 17, 2010
80Trip End Jul 02, 2010
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Saturday morning, breakfast was delivered to us from the high school. After we ate, Sally took us on a walking tour of the neighborhood. We live in the heart of the shopping district in an older part of Nanxi. All of the buildings were bustling with people and vehicles. In Nanxi, the rules of the road are very flexible. Cars, pedicabs, bicycles, and pedestrians share the road, so lots of honking and maneuvering. Any part of the road is fair game to travel! You have to keep your eyes and ears open at all times
Frank picked us up later and took us to the high school where we will do some of our teaching. We got to see our offices and view a few classes. The students were very excited to meet us! Lunch was at the school's cafeteria, where we will eat most of our meals while in Nanxi. The chefs were very friendly and prepared a delicious meal. We can have Western style meals at breakfast and experience their foods at the other meals.
We returned to the hotel to take a nap, then Mary took us on another walking tour of the area. We walked by the Yangtze River, the third longest river in the world. People were sitting outside at cafes relaxing. It's hard to describe all of the things we saw on our walking tours. A great variety of life!
Our dinner was at a local restaurant where we met Principal Gu, Principal Lin, and others from the school, who welcomed us and celebrated their recent completion of the second round of testing. So much food! We got to try Hot Pot, which is a large 2-section pan filled with sesame oil. One side is VERY spicy hot, the other is milder. Different foods (mutton/lamb, beef, chicken, and different types of vegetables were put in and cooked. You took your chopsticks and took what you wanted to eat, then dipped it in a sauce you created for yourself. Mr. O was adventurous and tried the spicy side. OOOH!