When the River Meets the Sea
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Wei and I had big plans for today, even if it meant being outside in the heat of the day. We first caught a bus to the part of town where we were to meet Herin and another friend we are still trying to get a better English name for, we’ll call her “S” for now. Once we finally met up we headed to where they went to high school together, not far from where
To see the tools, art and burial tombs of the ancient Chinese was not only a lot of fun but fascinating too.
While I would have loved to have stayed to view everything over again we all heard our tummies rumble and it was that time again; food became top priority. We found a restaurant not too far away and settled in for a meal; though surprisingly Wei didn’t eat. I had my usual fried rice though I think the place could have done much better on it and I was even disappointed when they neglected to give me chopsticks too and had to have one of the gang ask for me! The company was good though so it made up for what the restaurant lacked.
Next up was walking along the wall surrounding Jingzhou and while it is not “The Great Wall of China” it is still pretty impressive, old and in need of maintenance bad! This wasn’t the part Wei use to pass by daily but it was right next to it needless to say and the view was wonderful but what was to come was better yet. Once we left the wall (for you had to pay at a point where they gave you a better view) we headed through to the other side looking to see if we could get a tour ride around the wall. Well, at 30 RMB a person I told the girls to forget it; too pricy. Instead we did something I have never done before; rode a two person bike.
This was the best part of today, easily and the most special moment thus far in my journey.
On our way out we passed by an Archery stand. Now I have never shot an arrow, or not so that I can remember. I have always longed to do this, dreamed of actually being able to take part in archery but I never dreamed it would be here and now. Stepping up to the plate, I did very poorly the first few arrows. After adjusting my bow to a woman’s bow instead I was at least able to draw the bow string back. Still though, the target remained elusive. With my second last arrow in hand I took aim and let it fly; not expecting much from this one either but was proudly shocked to see it land on the bull’s-eye, right smack dab in the middle too! Everyone was shocked, cheered and I was completely ecstatic but wondering what to say. After nabbing a picture to prove that I do sometimes get a bit of dumb luck (though I would love to call it talent) I let my last arrow fly and didn’t worry that it didn’t amount to much because I got a bulls-eye and the men running this thing and showing me how to do it; didn’t.
While Wei and Herin grabbed some food on the way we headed to the arcade. I haven’t been in one for years but this was pretty standard. No matter how many tickets you win it’s never enough for the prizes; let alone the one’s worth getting. We were not here for that though, we were just killing some time and having some fun. We started off with “S” kicking my butt in a race car game, I swear I drive better in real life. Followed by Erin and me trying our hand at that basketball game where you try to throw the balls in the hoop and the second stage it moves. We both won a fair few tickets from that. Then Wei and Herin teamed up for a fighting game which they unfortunately lost. To end our arcade trip He
To conclude our day we killed some time at a movie theatre, just sitting and talking while we tried to think up a new name for “S” (I promise we will find you a new English name!). Most of the conversation was in Chinese but I did get to answer a few questions they had so it was interesting to say the least. Then we went for our final meal for the day. It was my treat since they had been treating us all along. We quite literally sat at a long table where food was displayed. We would order food, they would cook it in front of us and we would eat within minutes. Then, while eating we would order more food.
Some other funny highlights of the evening were Wei teaching “S” how to make an imitation of chicken feet with her hand/fingers to annoy me. They did this all day long so I swear I’ll get them back! Also we had some interesting conversations about our skin colour, people we’ve dated, bikini’s vs. one pieces etc. It was just a great day.
With all great days though there comes a bit of a road block sometimes.
Red Cat Ate:
(to be updated)
Red Cat Firsts:
~ Riding a two person bike
~ Walking along Jingzhou wall
~ Meeting “S” and Herin
~ Having a friend use the Chicken feet tactic on me
~ Visiting He
~ Getting a BullsEye!