My Heart Will Go On and On and On Until We Can't Sing Anymore
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Our day started off by picking up Katie, Ikeâ€™s girlfriend and Weiâ€™s friend/former dancing teacher at the Wuhan airport. From there we dropped her stuff off at her hotel and proceeded to do a bit of sight seeing. Driving to the outskirts of where we would later go to the Yellow Crane Tower, we walked up and down a crowded street with all kinds of food stands. We quite literally bought food from every other one and Iâ€™m not exactly sure what I ate but much of it was delicious!
After our little food testing we headed to the Yellow Crane Tower, my first real tourist spot to visit. We climbed, and climbed and climbed some more; Wei and I speaking of how cute Ike and Katie were.
History has it the emperor of China resided here with his soldiers in training. Every day there was a bell that would ring (itâ€™s since been replaced due to the original sustaining damage) to single the beginning of the day, training and chores. Thus, there are huge courtyards, gardens and walkways!
We were greeted by the Chinese guardian statues, of which my grandmother loves, followed by rows of lanterns. I think the pictures mostly speak for themselves but I was intrigued by the many levels we walked to get to the top of this tower, the view in which it offered as well as the paintings within.
I did find it amusing though, in the emperorâ€™s garden there is a lake filled with many lucky fish. For a small fee you may feed these fish. Well I once again wish my friend Fins was here to see this as the fish came far and wide for this food. Boys were some of them huge and fat! They even pushed each other out of the water for this food! No worries though, sheâ€™s away in Rome right now but I video taped them just for her upon our reunion.
My favourite place in this whole area was the path we took along the garden. It was peaceful, quiet; easy to feel in tune with nature. If Wei and I could have but stopped and sat on the grass together it would have been perfect.
Later that evening we went to dinner at a very expensive and fancy restaurant on Ikeâ€™s tab, thank you Ike, and it was here that I ate my very first sample of frog.
The night was still young though and if you know Ike, then you know the day is never done. We went to my very first KTV place. KTV, for those who do not know, is a room where you sit around in comfortable couches and sing karaoke style to the words and music videos on the TV screen. Iâ€™ve never come across this in my Canadian country but maybe it does exist there. None the less, I am no singer so while I was excited a part of me wanted to become invisible too.
The evening was better than I expected.
Ray taught me how to play a gambling game with Ike and him. Iâ€™m not sure if itâ€™s a good thing or a bad thing, but I was pretty good at it and won on many occasions. It was all about lying; who was the best liar. O.O After about several hours of this we all called it a night, Wei and I taking a taxi home. I slept well that night, knowing I had the experience of a lifetime that day; I did what every normal Chinese youth does with their friends.
Red Cat Ate:
(more to come)
Red Cat Firsts:
- Tourist site
- Eating frog
- Going to a KTV
- Played a gambling game
- Singing in front of a group of people
- Watching fish swarm like bees
- Singing karaoke
- Going to Wuhan Airport