Outside of mama and baba's, Wei's first home
Wei and I awoke to the sun beating in through the window; though I was still slightly tired from our musquito hunt that night of which three of them had found their way into our bug tent and targeted Wei. Still, this didn't hinder the fact that it was a very glorious and COOL day. Much colder than Wuhan which put me in a good mood straight away. Unfortunately M had decided to plague me just before we left to visit the relatives and besides some light cramping it had decided to become increasingly inconvienent. This included needing frequent bathroom trips throughout the whole day; but we'll get into that later.
After we awoke Wei surprised me with the fact we had to help her other friend out, due to the fact she got special treatment for something of which I cannot speak about.
A look at the building
Thus, I was stuck writing a lot of silly letters let's just say and the night I am afriad will end with more of this. Things took a turn for the better though when it was announced we would go to her parent's for lunch. Nervous, excited, these emotions crop up a lot these days. I wasn't completely sure how far her parents lived from her aunt's, let alone how we would go about getting there; bus likely. Boy was I surprised to find out I would be going there via motorcycle Chinese style! By Chinese style I mean through rocky roads, tiny corridors and alongside huge trucks on the highway. Scared? Was I ever, but I love it now and somehow it felt so good to live on the edge; almost quite litterally. No, no helmet or handlebars to hold onto but soon i was brave enough to reach my hands out a bit and only for a second when no one was around us to hurt me!
Wei's parents place was not what I expected.
Just before entering the place
This was the very first home Wei ever lived in, she was born here and stayed until she was seven years old in which her family knew they needed a bigger place and rented this one out. However, the house they had been living in was torn down to make room for a wider road and the house they plan to move into has yet to be finished with the decorations so they are having a temporary stay in the original home. The outside suggests it would be run down, bug infested yet inside it is very splendid indeed; if but simple in taste by Chinese standards. Wei showed me her room, just slightly bigger than my "Hobbit Hole" back home and we sat in the living room to look at baby photos of Wei for many hours. What to say about baby Wei; darn she is so cute! You could always tell when Wei was forced to get her picture taken as she would frown, look angry or about to cry.
Outside view again. These buildings will be torn down and rebuilt I am told.
When she didn't mind it was all smiles; of which were very beautiful. Still, Wei was a very cute kid. I really like the one where she is being forced to have a picture with her mom and aunt, Wei must be about 2-3 in this picture and in one she looks angry but in the second she is reaching for her mother's breast. We both laugh at this point and joke about how she's a breast woman, was getting her revenge for so many pictures etc. etc.
There were other pictures too, of Wei during her military service; a requirement for those who go to university or college, along with some photos of a young baba and mama. Baba as a young man would pose with his friends in those black and white photos; something which reminded me of my father when he was in his 20's.
Past the gate, to their front door.
I guess even worlds apart we all still do the same things, still laugh at similar jokes and enjoy life. It makes you wonder how war even happens. Wei then handed me some items, one being a photo album made up of professional photos taken when she was about 14. They are BEAUTIFUIL! She also gave me the last picture still in existence that she drew, as her parents threw the other ones out. What a shame, but at least this one stays safe. Accompanying these items was a box which held two stones hand picked by wei and hand poainted into a chinese person. She is quite talented even if she will dispute this. These are by far some of the best gifts she has given to me, I must say.
I had about a 2 hour nap after that, it was just so darn peaceful at their place and was shaken awake to "Laopo, we will have dinner at a restaurant with many family members.
Inside their living room.
Mother's youngest brother, his wife, his son (Matt), Mother's younger sister, her husband, mama, baba, Johnson and his cousin..." At first I was shy and nervous as I always am, I mean I am eating different food and using chopsticks; I always want to set a good first impression. I think I did too, because they were amazed once again at the ease in which I use chopsticks. Wei's uncle (youngest brother) asked questions, wondered if he was invited to my place in Canada and could cook him western duck. I said sure, my dad's a chef and they are always welcome, everyone. They laughed and joked, asked me if I thought uncle's (youngest brother) wife was pretty and I said of course (but she really is!). Oh, and I even brought myself to try some pig's ear, of which I swear I will never eat again as I just can't stand the taste or texture.
Wei, in her old bedroom.
All in all there was way more food than I could possibly eat and we went through two pitcher's of Chinese beer. It was a wonderful night as we parted Merrily.
Wei and I returned home where we are doing what we are now. Me chatting and blogging and her helping some friends with translations. Some other highlights to the day were right before dinner when Wei, Mama and I were walking around Jingzhou. As we passed one woman she didn't take a close look at me I suppose as she said in Chinese "Oh my that Chinese girl is so white!" and both mom and Wei giggled away. We were supposed to go walk along the wall surrounding the city but unfortunately M was being particularly mean to me today and we had to bus it back to auntie's. Those were some of the highlights and tomorrow is another day waiting for us to live it.
In Wei's bedroom.
I can't wait! If there is one thing I learned today it is never to be too afraid to face the unknown because the reward of saying you've done it is much greater than the fear holding you back.
Red Cat Ate:
~ Pig's ear
~ Dumplings (mushroom and regular)
~ (to be updated)
Red Cat's Firsts:
~ Riding on a motorcycle, in China also!
~ Eating pig's ear
~ Meeting Uncle and Auntie
~ Using a muscle building tool
~ Showing Auntie pictures of my family