Like a Carnival In Your Mouth

Trip Start Aug 25, 2010
Trip End Jun 29, 2011

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Flag of China  , Jiangsu,
Thursday, April 7, 2011

This evening at 7:00, Charles, Mike, and I attended English Corner.  I sat with some of my Chinese friends and former students, and we had a fun chat for an hour.  Halfway through the meeting, a student came around a did three card tricks for us.

We talked about what we all did during Tomb Sweeping Weekend, and we also discussed my new favorite topic, which is dialects.  Troy's mother is from Sichuan province and his father is from Wuxi here in Jiangsu province, so they've always spoken Putonghua (Mandarin) at home, which is peculiar for a Chinese family.  Almost everyone speaks their local dialect at home with their families.

At 8:00, Charles, Mike, and I left the cafe to have dinner at one of the restaurants across the front gate.  Before we left though, I asked Wilhelm to write down the name of the "Gold Medal fish" we ate on Christmas night.  I wanted to go back to the same restaurant and order the fish.

He wrote down the name and Charles, Mike, and I found the restaurant, but our waiter told us the restaurant didn't have the fish.  Instead, he recommended another fish, which turned out to be as good or better.  We loved it.  Mike said it was "like a carnival in your mouth."

Along with the fish, we had la zi ji (chicken fried with red chilies and Sichuan pepper) and cha shu gu ("tea tree mushrooms").

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