Meeting with MoMo

Trip Start Jun 03, 2013
Trip End Aug 25, 2013

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Tuesday, August 6, 2013

I was awoken by some annoying kids coming into my bathroom and knocking on my door at 6:30 a.m. These same kids were running around like maniacs last night at around 10 p.m. up and down the hall, screaming, and completely out of control. Sigh.

I got up at that time to use the bathroom and check email on my phone. I felt ok, but not great, certainly much better than yesterday. I downloaded a new game on the phone and played that awhile, since I didn't feel tired, but eventually, I went back to sleep.

I woke up again at around 9:30 a.m. and laid there awhile. Trying to will myself to get up. In all honesty, I was afraid to get up...afraid that my head would hurt like yesterday afternoon. I didn't get up until Ada messaged me at 11:30 a.m. to check on me. Although, I found out that she had messaged me earlier, but I guess I didn't hear it. I got up, ate my last ramen bowl, and last sesame bread biscuit and took another Chinese ibuprofen. I'm hoping I can go to dinner with MoMo tonight.

I tried to update my blog online, but there is no wifi available, AGAIN. Sigh. The local wifi doesn't even show up.

I was going to see if MoMo and I could meet up when she returns from Shanghai, but she will not come back. She is flying to Los Angeles from there to return to school. So I said we must meet tonight then.

She picked me up at the school at 5:00 p.m. She had gotten a driver because it's not her day to drive. I didn't realize that certain cars could only be on the road on certain days, and yet the traffic is always so awful.

She took us to an area that is very international (Sanlitun/SoHo). It's very green and new. I guess a lot of foreigners like to live there. The restaurant (Middle 8th) was in an outdoor mall on the 4th floor of one of the buildings. It's a really beautiful restaurant. MoMo ordered all the food (it's Yunnan style), so I had no idea what was coming out. Thankfully, she didn't order the plate of worms and bees! I think one bug per country is my limit.

We had pig's feet, chicken soup in a clay pot, a noodle soup, the green leaves of bean vines which were crunchy and a bright verdant green, and a spicy dish with all kinds of things in it. The only thing I didn't care for was the fatty pig's feet. She had said this restaurant was very healthy and not greasy. I think that is true. The food had a very "clean" taste to it and was a perfect meal considering I wasn't feeling my best. I actually felt better after I ate.

Her driver dropped me off at the school, then she had to get her bags and go to the airport. She was going to see her grandmother in Shanghai before flying back to L.A.

MoMo is working hard to improve her English. I was her first teacher in the U.S. She has come a long way. She wants to get her master's degree in art so she can teach art and how to make crafts to the minorities of China. She said the older people are not interested in doing this, but she hopes to teach the children in order to preserve their culture and a way for them to make a living. I think that is so admirable.

We also talked about the problems of China, of which, there are many. I have had the same conversation with many others as well. There is great concern among the young people about where their country is headed. Among the many issues: pollution, traffic, being overcrowded, loss of culture, lack of concern by the government about anything, too much focus on wealth, etc. The list does go on. In my opinion, the fact that China has seen so many changes in such a short period of time doesn't bode well. I'm afraid there may be a breaking point. You can only sprint for so long.

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