Hats and umbrellas for sale.... I bought one of the coolie hats:
David and I are still hanging out in Yangshou. We like it so much we are canceling our flight and catching a later plane to Beijing. We were going to Changde but we just feel so happy here we are staying. Our original plan was to stay a couple of days then take a plane to a city, Changde, above Beijing to follow the Great Wall to the sea. There is a resort town near where it goes into the sea.... but we have changed our minds.
Yesterday and today we have just wandered and talked to people. We went to Minnie Mao's Cafe to eat and have coffee.
Later we went to Mei You Cafe. We met a young lady named Julie and we are engaging her tomorrow to tour the area. She is very sweet and comes from the village by Moon Mountain. We are going to do tour on bikes and will be riding from 9am to 6:30. My riding experience in the last 20 years consists of riding in Beijing about a week ago... this will be a great challenging, interesting ride!
It means don't have: don't have bad service, don't have lead feet, don't have bad food, don't have frowns,.... you get the idea.. neat place: we liked the second story balcony
Julie is 20 years old: She is an amazing person. She works all month and has 2 days off total. She gets her meals at the restaurant and lives in a dorm provided by her boss. It is part of the wages: apparently that arrangement is very common, we think because a lot of the workers are from the country areas and don't live at home.
Her dream is to be a tour guide and eventually build a wood house restaurant near her village. She is starting working part time beginning in July to give tours then she will work from 6:30 PM to twelve every night free to pay for the dorms and she will be able to eat still. This arrangment will definately work for her and she is very excited. She was going to give us the tour for free but we insisted on paying the going rate which is apparently 50 yuen per person (about $6.50). We will definately give her over the going rate. It is so funny she was hesitant to say the amount...... but we insisted it had to be money or nothing.
These cool tractor trucks are everywhere...
We'll let you know how it goes.
Our room here is about 250 yuen ($32?) It has a king bed, western bathroom, huge 14 x 10 balcony .
... (the one with the kissing mosquitos) and has shiny, white marble floors throughout. It is very clean. Several people we have met are paying far less: 20 to 40 yuen per day.... College kids.
A man with comerants: in the lake by town. He is famous: there are postcards with him featured.
The meals have been affordable at about $6.50 or so for both full entrees, a huge fruit dish, beer ... and usually tea. The food is excellent. We haven't found anything we didn't like. Last night I had orange glazed duck an David had green vegetables and a large plate of pineapple, pear, watermelon, tomatoes, and apples .... and beer. all for $6.50...... Isn't that amazing?
We got David a shirt that says "life is good" in Chinese... it was 120 yuen..... I think that's about $15.
It will look great. We bought a few souveniers. Everything has to be bargained for..... I find it really exhausting.... and we pay too much every time. But it's ok..... it makes up for the cheap meals. Good balance.
We met and spoke to these two college students for quite a while in Yangshou. They were very sweet: they go to a woman's college and are studying english. David was ready to adopt them.
The shingles are ouchy. David has to put the medicine on every morning and night: Yikes: it is VERY impressive how well I can feel that area. Definately a new dimension on pain. Someone told me I needed to get shark fin pills as it makes shingles cure faster.... we went into a drugstore that was traditional medicine on one side and modern medicine on the other... (This was really interesting to see the packages of boring pills on one side and the other side had bugs, and dried plant and animals.
.) I asked for shark fin pills .... but no one understood me. I decided the best way to explain it would be to draw a picture.... I drew a fish with mean teeth and fins.... but when I stood back and looked I had placed the fins in the wrong place and I had drawn a fish wearing a pointy party hat....Of course I got the giggles... then the laughs.... David did his best to continue the inquiry... The sales girl then drew a perfect coy fish and circled a fin.... that really set me off laughing... duhhh.... I am soooo not an artist! An English speaking couple came up and translated my question.... darn.. they did not have shark extract .... I kept the pictures.... very funny! I continue taking the RX medicine and will for several more days.
Dragon heating pot detail: I would have gotten some but I knew I would not be able to eat it because it looked like slime... But I know it was really good tasting as a lot of people bought it and were walking around eating it
I am hoping it calms down. If not..... well,....... we are in Chinese paradise so it could be worse. I just make sure I get the Aleve every 12 hours: (thanks Linda Shipley for the suggestion of taking it: I'll never travel without it again.....)
This is a typical scene: a person with a motorcycle, cell phone and coolie hat.
The little store next to our motel had a cute cat. I decided to buy some cat food for it as it appeared to be living off of scraps... I went into a little store up the street and asked for cat food... nope... no one understood... so I drew a cat's face and a little can.... The sales girl stared at me like I was crazy..... hmmmm.... so they don't have cat food..... Later I realized she thought I was asking for canned cat! Oh! the ugly American wanting to buy a can of cat meat! That also made me really laugh! It's great to be blond!
Everyone is so impressed by our three daughter's pictures: they are 22, 24 and 27 years old now: It's fun to show pictures of our family and find out how many kids everyone else has.
In the country areas they can have more than one child as they need them to work the farms. In the big cities they can only have one child. (Although there are exceptions if people pay a premium) Everyone wants boys but .... personally I think girls are the best. It is surprising to them that our oldest daughters have careers in jobs that are primarily men's jobs in China. (one Policeman and one working at a juvenile treatment facility)
Looking at the motels/hostels of the town from the balcony of a restaurant.