Born Bargainer

Trip Start May 24, 2010
Trip End Jun 11, 2010

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Flag of China  , Zhejiang,
Saturday, May 29, 2010

Today was so much fun! We went to a ceramic trade school where our art students got the chance to "throw" with Chinese students. It was moving to see American and Chinese students working together on the wheel, learning from one another and helping each other using no language. Jeremiah and Jackson also got to get their hands dirty and taught a quick lesson on techniques they use on the wheel. It was a lot of fun for everyone involved and like almost everywhere else we go there was a news camera and people, including myself, taking hundreds of pictures.

Pick Your Price

After lunch we went to a sword making village and then to a bamboo village. Then we stopped in the local town and shopped at a strip of store's that sold beautiful tea sets. This was our first chance at bargaining in China and our shot to try out some of our Chinese phrases we had been practicing: (These are not the proper ways to spell the words, just how to sound them out.)

Do shao chien? How much

Tai guella- Too much

How da- Okay

Of course the tea set I fall in love with is one of the most expensive in any of the shops I had been in by far. Most of the sets were 100- 250Y; the one I wanted was 580 Y. If you’re confused with what equivalent it is to the dollar, think of 100Y as $15. In America a regular set would be well over $15, so no matter what your getting it's a steal. The set I wanted had an ice crack glaze which is time consuming to fire because the kiln needs to be fired in different temperatures in order to get the desired crackle look of the glaze. It’s a light purple color and when you put hot tea in the cups the color changes to a pale color to let you know the tea is still hot. It’s really pretty so of course I had to buy it! I’m so proud of my 1st bargain, I ended up getting my tea set for 380Y. I think I could have gotten a little lower but, hey for a 1st time that’s not too shabby : ) And for the rest of my time in China I have only seen that color once more on a small bowl. When I asked the price the guy said 1000Y so I feel realllll good about that 380Y. I'm a born bargainer. Go me!!


Later that night the whole group went to KTV with Yong, John, Tierwin and our busdriver. I have never been to anything like this place before so it was a really cool experience. You literally get your own room, with a flat screen T.V, two microphones and lounge seating for about 15 people. It’s nice because you don’t have to worry about embarrassing yourself in front of people you don’t know. Everyone got the chance to sing a couple songs with my personal favorite being Lyla’s butchering of “Roxanne” by the Police and Christine and Leah really broke it out with a Spice girl’s song which I just happen to have video of lol  

Interesting Food of the Day!!!

Duck Head! Yes I said it and Yes I ate it. In fact, alllll of us ate it and it was yummmmyyy!! It came wrapped in tin foil so we didn’t know what we were getting but it turned out to be surprisingly delicious : ) The head was sliced in half and you eat it like a chicken wing, except instead of holding the bone of the wing, you hold the beak of the duck and eat the rest of the head. I know this may not sound appetizing, but it tasted like BBQ chicken and I wasn’t just telling myself that to get through eating it all, it really did taste like that. Now that I think of it, we must of eaten an eyeball and half of the brain too… hmmm on that note I think I’ll shut my brain off before I upset my stomach.


KJ <3
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