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Published: February 15th 2019
The weather was a little better this week, although as I write this it's chucking it down with rain. Apparently we came in the rainy season.
We did end up going to San Diego on Sunday, so no Church again. Seems as though the other week might have been a one-off experience.
Butter said we were going to San Diego to see what translated as an aquarium. I was a little confused because there must be at least 5 aquariums in LA but it turned out we were going to SeaWorld. Definitely the highlight of the week! The weather held, and it was a brilliant day out. We watched shows with orcas, dolphins, sea lions and otters as well as dogs/cats and acrobats. Incredible displays of the relationship between animals and their trainers. Dolphins were the best I have to say, we even got to touch one! It was the first show we saw, and as we got to the arena I saw that the front rows said “wet zone”. Bella and Butter had already sat down there - I tried to explain that we were going to get wet and should move but they thought it'd be ok.
What happened? Dolphins came round splashing water out of the pool with their tails. I'd thought to take out my umbrella to protect myself and my bag, but then they all pulled it away to cover themselves and I got the wettest. Not a happy Simeon. We moved. Luckily the sun was out.
When we arrived here I was impressed how cheap restaurant menus were. There's lots of good food about for less than $5. Then I realised that the prices on the menu are the prices without tax and that you're expected to tip generously. Turns out it's not quite as cheap. I do feel like not including tax in the menu price is a bit deceiving. An American friend of mine explained a while ago how little waiters are paid though so I can understand why they want you to tip. Why that shouldn't all be included in the menu price in the first place however I'm not quite sure.
I've really noticed how multicultural this place is. My data is probably skewed by my company, but I would say around half the people I've seen have been Asian. Lots of Mexican people too as well
as black and white Americans. It's really cool how people from so many countries all live here together. People told me Beijing is multicultural, and yes there are foreigners, but I think there are just so many Chinese people it doesn't feel like that! Seeing even one foreigner on a trip out is not guaranteed, and I at least feel a little connection with any person I see who doesn't look Chinese! As in yes, you also don't belong here.
The boys asked me to make pancakes again the other day which I was happy to do! Glad they like them. I also bought some Quakers oats and have been enjoying porridge for breakfast.
We took a family trip to Costco one evening which was pretty interesting. As a rule, taking the boys shopping is a pain. Fighting over who drives the trolley, banging into shelves and other people, putting random things into the trolley… That was no different. But it was nice to help them set up their Costco membership thing, which required a fair amount of “translation” between them and the sales assistant. Translating both Chinese and their English! It definitely felt good to be useful,
and to impress some Costco staff!
I'm still spending most days at home alone with the boys, supervising homework and playing games. The favourite seems to be hide and seek, even though we've pretty thoroughly exhausted the house's hiding spots. I try my best to be original, and it's fun when you find somewhere they can't find you. I've also introduced them to Garfield who Tyler particularly finds amusing. I succeeded in making a house of Uno cards and was impressed how long it took before Robbie asked to destroy it. At least he asked!
I'm not sure what the plans are for this weekend, but I think we're going to see another university in LA. Why are we looking at universities I hear you ask - “very beautiful”. Not necessarily what I'd rather be doing whilst in LA, (pretty much the theme for this trip) but I think this one is near Santa Monica so I hope to perhaps steer us towards a beach.
As always keep praying for this family, and for me as I try to be a light among them.
Until next week.
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