Alien's Street and Silk Street
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Today I put in a hard day's work...and I wasn't teaching!!! Late (LATE) last night I thought of a game for the students to play. It's a variation of Snakes and Ladders, but I'm adding ESL stuff in there. So I worked on that this morning, plus something for my "Meeting a Celebrity" class. Then at around 3pm I met Becky (one of the local teachers) at the school and we went to Alien's Street in Little Russia. It was insane! There was just stall after stall of clothes on the second floor. The first floor seemed to have bags, perfume and other stuff, but i didn't really look. Becky bought some leggings, I didn't really find anything I wanted, so we left. A short taxi ride later (neither of us wanted to do the Chaoyangmen one stop to Jianguomen subway ride only to switch at Jianguomen one stop to Yonganli).
Now, Becky and I both knew that the Silk Street is a tourist Mecca. So I knew they were going to jack up the prices. I knew this would require Becky's help and some hard bargaining.
Now there's five floors to the market, and we only went to three. We first walked around the main floor, then went down to look at the handbags. Now, on the main floor, the sales people tried getting us into their booths, but were easily ignored. The handbag sales people are not so easily ignored. They'll shove fake Pradas, Gucci, Dolce & Gabbanas in your face, they'll even touch your arms! I was looking for a bag, but there was no way I was spending a lot for a fake. And I know that they are fakes, good quality fakes, but still fakes.
Anyway, one time when we were trying to walk away, some of the sales people would grab my arm, see the cuts on it (an unfortunate meeting with a construction truck that WASN'T moving, I was avoiding a moving taxi) and say things like "Oh, you're sick, you're hurt, come look at.
Then we went up two flights of stairs to the women's clothes, where we found an Abercrombie and Fitch stall (don't even start...). And for some strange reason, LFO's "Summer Girls" popped into my head after a few minutes. I was looking at sweatpants, Becky was looking at shirts and we both bought more than we anticipated. But I now have a pair of blue sweatpants that sit a little lower on my hips than I'd like, but hey, oh well. I also bought a gray dress/shirt as well.
We were almost done.
BTW- quai=yuan=RMB. One Monopoly-looking currency system with three names.
That's when we left. I took a few pictures and we split for the night since we have a 3-hour training thing tomorrow starting at 9:30 and we have to be there by 9:15.
She went home, I went to Wal-Mart for a shower curtain and other this-and-thats. It was nice not to haggle.