Welcome to our Simple ‘China’ Living 🙂
We have been getting settled in China, learning where to find food, how to teach English, …. and how to shake our heads to show we don’t understand what people are saying to us.
A few days ago we took a taxi down to get someone to work on our phone. I brought the camera with me so I could take pictures on our walk back. Let me give you a tour… as best as I can.
Here is one of the markets we have been to several times. You can see a lady selling corn on the cob at the front, but most of this street and the shopping alleys off of it are for household goods/clothes/kitchen things, etc. It has worked good to get things for the apartment we need like towels, cleaners, cleaning cloths and school supplies.
People are always asking to take our picture when we are walking around so I figured I could take their pictures too. Pay back 🙂 Here is a little boy we met on the street.
I will be honest, I have no idea what this building is. But it looks cool and ‘Chinese’ so I thought I would share it with you. I love all the lanterns everywhere. They told me it was for the festival, but the festival ended 3 weeks ago or more and all the lanterns are still up.
There are all kinds of these exercise parks all over the city. From what I can tell it is all range of motion and lots of repetition.. nothing like our resistance or aerobic exercise… but there are always people exercising and it seems to work for them.
I tried to edit this picture a bit but you can still see how bad the air pollution is. … yuck! Some days are better than others, we are told it will get better in spring.
Just because I am sure you are all wondering ;), here are the public toilets. They have them all through the city and this is one of the nicest. None of them flush and are filthy but if you need it, it works. Asian toilets are built into the floor so they are squatted over. A bit of a learning curve.
From toilets to candy… sorry. Bryon is buying me some street candy. I really like this stuff that is kind of a corn puff/rice crispy treat/caramel thing. Also the spongy (looking) stuff that is inside Crunchy bars (for you Canadians who know what a Crunchy bar is) is also sold by weight. I got a chunk of it for the weekend as well.
We got some bread from this lady. It is kind of like a flaky English muffin that has honey and sesame seeds on top. Pretty good 🙂
I think this is what the Chinese eat for breakfast. They are different vegetable relishes and are very salty. They don’t taste bad… but I am not ready to eat them for breakfast yet.
Here is the entrance to the market we get most of our food at. It is like the farmers market here. The picture above is from the market. The problem is the entrance is so crazy. It if was just people it would be one thing, but there are bikes and motorized scooters and everything moving through this entrance so it is always crazy getting all the kids inside and keep everyone together (and not run over).
Here is one of the vegetable tables. Lots of variety even though it is winter and great prices. There are still lots of vegetables I don’t know how to cook yet.
This is the beginning of the entrance to where we live. Not only full of vendors, people, bikes, but also cars trying to go two directions. However, lots of what we need is right here really close to us.
There are at least 2 ladies that do sewing along this road. They are so cute!
There are 3 fruit stands like this along our road. … all selling almost the same thing. The apples here are really good now!
Here is the bean dumpling man. As much as this looks really cool… we haven’t been able to get used to the idea of sweet beans yet. They use beans in a lot of their pastries and in very little other cooking. Maybe once we are in China for a while we can get past the idea that beans are only good with salsa and cheese.
I love this lady! She is so sweet. She fries slices of Tofu and sprinkles them with spices and fresh cilantro. She thought it was very funny that I wanted her picture and she gave me an extra slice for free 🙂 Here is the first part of our supper.
As I was waiting for my tofu to be done these lovely students of mine walked by and let me take a picture of them. I have 130 students in all broken into 3 different groups for classes. Still leaves me with a huge class size (40+ for all the groups) and I meet with each group 2-3 times a week.
Continuing down the little alley is the shoe fixing people. There are 3-4 of them at least and they seem to stay fairly busy. … it is funny, I have no idea where a shoe shop might be in Omaha were we came from. It isn’t that these people keep things forever and recycle… because the have different shoes for every outfit and they always look new. So I am not sure what shoes they are always fixing.
Finally, right by the gate there is this amazing little sandwich shop. Here was where we got the rest of our supper. They make a tortilla like thing and when it starts poofing up they cut a hole in the bubble and pour egg in. They use (what looks like) a drywall knife to spread the egg around the bubble and it creates this egg filled tortilla. Then they spread different sauces on it, put some lettuce and shredded potato into it and roll it up. Very tasty. Costs about .50 American dollars for 1 sandwich that is big enough to split.
Here is them finishing up one of our sandwiches. This is one of our favorite Chinese foods yet.
There you have it! There is so much I feel like I could blog about with what we have been learning in China. I hope to be able to share a bunch more with you in the next several months. Learning to teach has been a growing/learning experience and will probably still take months for me to feel comfortable… kinda what I was going for.. and what I blog about all the time. Going out of my comfort zone and trying something new has been hard and rewarding.