Cicadas and dragonfruit

Trip Start May 05, 2012
Trip End Mar 01, 2013

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Flag of China  , Tianjin,
Friday, July 6, 2012

Evan decided that we needed to try a dragon-fruit for our breakfast this morning. Dragon-fruit look fantastic, pink and green and very odd.  We googled how to eat them before we chopped it open, and found out that it supposedly tastes like a cross between kiwifruit and pears.

Google told us to eat it by cutting it in half and then scooping out the insides with a big tablespoon. The white colour with black seeds made it look like a polar bear, and was a very odd colour for fruit, but it did taste good! I thought that if was quite similar to kiwifruit, just with a crunchier texture.  Check out our pics!

In other slightly odd news, I met my first Chinese cicada in class the other day. Summer has well and truly kicked-in in Tianjin and temperatures are soaring (37 degrees the other day - way too hot!), which means that the cicadas are emerging.  One of my students brought one to class.  Yes, it was still alive, but I think it was on the way out.  It was massive!  Multiply a NZ cicada by 3 and then you have the approximate size of this one. Very cool.  It was also great that the little girl who brought it along was not afraid of it - one of the TAs had made quite a fuss before class about a ferocious black bug (very small) who had made the mistake of crawling up her leg, I was very gallant, saving her from the poor bug  and putting it outside. It reminded me of the screaming that would occur when any of the Japanese girls we used to host encountered any form of bug/moth!  It was very refreshing to see the little girl happily playing with a very large bug that I'm sure many of the girls in the office would have gone out of their way to avoid. 

Check out the pics!
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Debbie on

Go Steph - getting up close and personal with the cicada!
The dragon fruit looks really different, but then again, how would we explain Marmite on toast?
Love the picutres guys, keep up the great work x

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