Things I Have Learned The Second Time Around...

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October 7th 2010
Published: October 11th 2010
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While I was upset that I was unable to lock-down travel plans for the week-long National Holiday...staying in Guilin has given me the opportunity to learn a little bit more about the city and the culture - and a few other things as well.

1. They save the leftovers in dining halls and restaurants. Often times, you will see it scraped into a big bucket outside the door...a mildly nauseating sight. What I didn't know, is that they send it to farms to feed to the pigs. Pork is, after all, the prefered meat in China.

2. I discovered the location of a good salon that gives great manicures and pedicures.

3. On holidays, the guard at F.L.S. with the keys locks all of the buildings before 10:00pm, then he if you do not want to sleep in the English office, or call to have him drive back to school and let you out, don't do your web-surfing at night.

4. The osmanthus flowers have bloomed again. They came to full fruition during the National Holiday, so I could have missed it by leaving. Because it is a National Holiday (and tourist time), I think they mandated that the flowers could not be picked until after the holiday ended. This is sad because I have taken numerous photos of the trees in bloom, and am anxiously awaiting the opportunity to take photos of the stooped-over, old women picking the blossoms from the low-hanging branches to dry and sell for tea. The small yellow flowers are beginning to fall off the trees, and I can't help but look at the petals on the ground and think of the gallons of gui hua cha that will not be made this coming year. ( I will write a bit more on this topic and post pictures later).

5. I found some great places to do my Christmas shopping.

6. I learned how to make chow fen (traditional Chinese fried noodles) and have eaten it nearly every day since.

7.I have formed a mild caffeine dependancy. I have a difficult time functioning without my morning cup-o'-joe.

8. Moli Nai Cha is my new favorite tea drink (Jasmine milk tea). For whatever reason, it works.

That's about all I have for now.

This one goes out to the one(s) I love.


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