Wildly Grilled Rib Flavor--yes please!

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

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Thursday, August 8, 2013

I set my alarm for 9:00 a.m. and got up slowly. I got ready and went down to the bakery and got some sort of red bean paste pastry thingies and my red can tea. I was so proud of myself for paying the exact amount using the tiny little bills that work like coins. The money system here is rather confusing.

The sun was out, so it was much warmer than yesterday, but not too bad. I used my umbrella to keep the sun off of me. I ate my little pastries on my way to Joy City. I took my time wandering around the stores from floor to floor. I avoided all stores that were a U.S. brand or were familiar in any way. The little boutiques are the best. The clothes are beautiful. The styles are quite feminine with lace and dainty details. I really love it, even though I would look ridiculous wearing most of it. It works for young, pretty things.

Most of the stores had sales going on. I really enjoyed looking at all the different styles and fabrics and colors. I tried on a shirt in one store, but it just didn't do anything for me. It was very pretty though. I finally went into this store called, UniQlo. Wow, had lots of fun looking around there. Although, the workers kept yelling back and forth to each other (?) which was kind of annoying--they were very loud. They had clothes for the whole family and certainly had a large volume and good prices.

I bought two shirts there. One, a blue shirt to wear with the shoes I bought yesterday at the grocery store to give me a new outfit to wear here. And another shirt to wear at home for teaching. Super cute, great prices. I didn't want to spend much money, because, well, I have to make my money last. I am happy with those purchases.

I got hungry for lunch so I walked around the restaurants. Every place was packed full of people, of course. I wanted something simple, nothing weird. You know, noodles or something. I kept walking. Then I came upon KFC. Ada had said I should eat there before I leave, because it's different than at home. So, ok. Here I am. There was a sign at the entrance that showed a chicken burger, fries and drink for 15 RMB. Wow, that sounds good. So I got in line.

As I stand there, I'm thinking, "How do I tell her what I want?" Then I saw a similar sign by the cash register. OK, I'll just point to that. Oh, but wait. That burger has two patties of God knows what. No way. I don't want that. Panic. I search for it on the big menu above the registers. I see it, but how to get her to understand? Maybe she'll speak English. Heh. No. Thankfully, she pulls out a laminated picture menu lickety split. So I point. I have 15 RMB in my hand. She says something to me in Chinese and I nod [as if I understand]. So out comes a chicken burger. Only a chicken burger. No fries, no drink. Meanwhile, I point to the drinks to see if I can get tea (cha) instead of the pictured Pepsi. "NO!", she says and gestures, which I interpret as "you only get a burger for 15 RMB, you silly foreigner." OK, my thighs don't need fries anyway. So I ate my rather tasty chicken burger and survived ordering at KFC. Apparently they don't have any kind of rules on truth in advertising here.

Since I did not get a drink at KFC, I was all too happy to trot over to iTea and get some iced tea there. I pulled out my loyalty card and ordered black tea (by pointing to it to make sure there were no misunderstandings). The girl fumbled with her English a little to ask if I wanted it iced or hot. I said, "bing cha" (iced tea). This made her laugh. I think she was pleasantly surprised that I knew the Chinese words for that. :) Their tea is sooooo good. I could drink a gallon of it.

I came back to the dorm a happy clam. Best of all, they opened the laundry room. So the first thing I did was put in a big load of laundry!! Yay! Now, if they would just turn on the wifi.

I did some writing, hung up my clothes to dry, and then took a little nap. I then talked with Ada over WeChat. She is in Xiamen. I wrote some more, and while looking at pictures of all the food I've been eating, I got hungry. I put some hot water in one of my ramen bowls (it's Halal), and then went to the store to get some jasmine green tea and a couple of other snacks. I decided to get some potato chips, mainly because of the strange flavors. What other opportunity will I have to eat "Wildly Grilled Rib Flavor"? Some of the other flavors--I don't know, like "Green Peppercorn Fish." Seriously?

Anyway, my ramen was perfectly steeped by the time I got back. Yum.

The wifi seems to be connecting, but then not to the internet. That's some progress I guess. Really, there was no progress.

OK, I just opened the bag of chips. Wow, are those good! I'm not a big chip eater, but that is probably the best flavor I've ever had. Why can't we have some different flavors in the U.S.? It's either plain, BBQ, or Sour Cream & Onion. Boooooring. Lays should bring some of the Asian flavors over and put some excitement into the potato chip industry. (Just not the "Green Peppercorn Fish").

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