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Published: September 24th 2010
We had no classes on Wednesday, Thursday, or Friday this week because it is the Chinese mid-Autumn festival. There has been a program going on nonstop in the auditorium. We can hear it every time we pass. And it is like rush hour all the time all over the city.
This is how you celebrate the Mid-Autumn Festival:
1) Go shopping! I think half of Chengdu's population was in Chunxi Lu this week. It was stressful. We went with Clare's group of students and I didn't buy anything. I couldn't handle the crowds.
2) Eat! I went to Grandma's Kitchen for breakfast on Wednesday morning. I had a raspberry milkshake and french toast. The syrup is sad. It is clear. I think it is really just sugar water. Chinese people don't know how to eat breakfast.
I went to Peter's for lunch. (Two different groups of people.) I had a children's sized chicken fingers with fries and root beer. I felt sick after eating so much western food. I won't be doing that again. It wasn't worth it.
On Thursday, Clare, Joanna, Kaia, Ryan and I had dinner with Clare's group. They took us to an
area that sells traditional items like scrolls, newspapers with Mao in them, jewelry, etc. We had a really good dinner there. Noodles, kick ass green beans, more noodles, mapo doufu. Yum. Spicy and delicious.
Today we went out to hotpot for lunch. The waitress could not understand our pronunciation, so we ended up with a bunch of stuff we didn't know we ordered, like bologna looking stuff and something that was either kelp or skin. It cost a lot. Whoops.
3) Have a party on the roof of the International Students Dormitory.
4) Go to ladies' night at the Shangri La.
5) Do homework in bed.
6) Get creeped on. One man stopped Clare and I outside of the dorm and tried to convince us to spend a month modeling for his company along the Yangze River. 8000 yuan for the month, plus room and board, but I looked up his company on the computer and couldn't find a website with the same logo.
A girl our age stopped us in Chunxi Lu and grabbed my hand and would not let go. She asked me what I thought of her appearance and whispered in
my ear so that the Chinese student with us wouldn't translate for her. I gave her my email address just so I could get away.
I didn't eat any moon cakes during the holiday. Maybe I will find some tonight.
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