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A look out across East River

The day really began when Ike, Katie and Ray picked up Wei and me. With no idea of what was on today’s menu nor plan of action I just went for the ride.  We paused a moment at East Lake to catch a quick boat ride. I’ve never had this kind of boat ride before and I must say, once you got past the fear of falling into the water it was pretty exciting. Ike and I are the only ones who know how to swim so we were the only ones who didn’t wear life jackets; I had Wei and Katie on either side of me.  There is just something about sitting with your friends in a tiny, low cut boat with a woman behind rowing it gently as you gaze out at the grey waters that makes you want to rest your eyes for but a moment. The Dragon Boat festival is to be the next day granted weather is good and we had our own little performance as a team practiced on the same lake; their steady drumming a soothing melody to match the rocking of waves.

Ray, enjoying the view
It was this moment that I welcomed the silence of voices as we just sat back and enjoyed. Once we docked the life jackets came off and the walking of the plank, I mean the tiny walkways, began. We reached Ike’s car and drove off to our next destination: Wuhan’s Botanical Gardens!

Now not everyone appreciates plants, but if you are one of those rare few people like me who enjoy a wonderful coloured flower or the unique twisting trunk of a tree then China’s botanical gardens are for you. The Chinese not only house a larger variety of plant species than I have ever witnessed, but they also craft it all into an eye pleasing display.  I wish I could put into words just how beautiful these plants and displays were but I truly believe it is a must experience to fully appreciate situation.

Docking, the other vaarious boats
I was excited to see caves we could climb through, a picture depicted through different coloured flowing cactus and a mini scene played out with various small plants in a glass case. The foggy section was also intriguing as it looked like a scene right out of a movie.  Some poor kids were so frightened they cried in their parents’ arms but not us. We climbed the bridges, felt our way through thick fog and walked along less hidden pathways.  At one point I moved ahead of our group and was taking some pictures of flowers I had never seen when I turned around and ran into a woman who was tugging at me to take a picture with me.  I had never been approached before about this but smiled none the less and posed with the woman. We all got a good laugh out of that. All in all I was left with a sense of awe at how many types of plants there are and how each in some way is so beautiful.
Botanical Garden entrance

Ike is also a huge fan of table top games. Now for those who don’t know, because I was one of them as we don’t have this in my country, table top games is where you can go to a place and they supply you with all kinds of games like clue, monopoly etc. for a fee.  We had eaten at Pizza Hut previous to this and two of Ray’s friends joined us for the games. First we played a game of cards. The idea is you pick an egg card from the pile, don’t look and stick it to you forehead. Everyone can see what egg you are (duck, chicken, rainbow, broken, big egg, small egg) but you, and you can see everyone else. You go around the table to each person and your options are: guess what egg you are and win if you guess right. Stick with the egg you are and hope that the egg everyone wants to break is not yours or decided everyone is planning to break your egg, toss yours down and pick a new egg; declaring what egg you want to break instead.

Another entrance of the Botanical Garden
  I proudly won a few rounds but unfortunately I wasn’t top dog at this game. Next came a math game which I sort of understood but wasn’t into playing since it was too much math for my poor little brain. Wei loved it though, she’s all about math! So they played that for an hour or so and then we played monopoly. The Chinese play monopoly different than how I grew up with so it was okay, but it isn’t my favourite game to start with. Needless to say, it felt good to be somewhere doing something and having a purpose of only to have fun but I did miss out on the conversations, jokes and really just wanted some of my English buddies there to smile along side me.

At this point Wei and I are living at her aunt’s house as we had to vacate the other place upon my teaching resignation. It’s a great place, great family; very friendly.

Left view of entrance
The only exception is it means using a squat toilet; everyday. Up until this point I had been doing so well to avoid such a situation. It’s been a learning process needless to say and only later would I fully understand the workings of everything. None the less, I can proudly declare that I have not peed on myself; something I feared ever since I was a child out camping. Maybe later I will have a little insert on more about this, but for now we’ll leave that topic untouched.

Today finally came to an end with Wei, myself and her family watching Chinese horror movies and snuggling together under the safety of a mosquito tent. Haha you little bloodsuckers, can’t touch this!

Red Cat Ate:
(To be updated)

 

Red Cat ‘s Firsts:
- Boat ride on the lake
- Seeing a Dragon boat
- Using a squat toilet
- Seeing a tree so horribly and yet naturally twisted
- Someone wanting a picture with me because I am a foreigner

bound4home says:
What a great day you had.
Posted on: Jul 19, 2009
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A look out across East River
A look out across East River
Ray, enjoying the view
Ray, enjoying the view
Docking, the other vaarious boats
Docking, the other vaarious boats
Botanical Garden entrance
Botanical Garden entrance
Another entrance of the Botanical …
Another entrance of the Botanical…
Left view of entrance
Left view of entrance
Information and a carved picture o…
Information and a carved picture …
Right view of entrance
Right view of entrance
In the desert section
In the desert section
Some people carved Chinese into th…
Some people carved Chinese into t…
Seeds
Seeds
Catus in the desert section
Catus in the desert section
Looks like a little underwater sce…
Looks like a little underwater sc…
Looks like a little desert/piece o…
Looks like a little desert/piece …
Can you see the picture?
Can you see the picture?
See the picture now? Creative!
See the picture now? Creative!
A walkway, made to feel like a jun…
A walkway, made to feel like a ju…
Just the right colour of pink I lo…
Just the right colour of pink I l…
Closed off walkway
Closed off walkway
I love these plants, they look lik…
I love these plants, they look li…
Or spiders..
Or spiders..
Deeper into the Botanical Garden
Deeper into the Botanical Garden
The misty section, for plants that…
The misty section, for plants tha…
The fog machines made picture perf…
The fog machines made picture per…
My favourie, can you tell what ang…
My favourie, can you tell what an…
Heres what the tree looks like fr…
Here's what the tree looks like f…
A bridge we crossed with the fog h…
A bridge we crossed with the fog …
Katie and I
Katie and I
Ike and Katie
Ike and Katie
Ike, giving the pouty lip
Ike, giving the pouty lip
Wuhan
photo by: FK27