This past week I had dinner with a former student, Lynn, and her parents. Lynn left this afternoon on a flight bound for America to spend a year with a family in Florida and attend public high school for a year as an exchange student. What a great adventure she is going to have! Lynn asked me to meet them at the Glory Hyman restaurant (which is a restaurant known for it's Shanxi dishes). I see this restaurant nearly every day as I return home from work and since eating at this restaurant is on my "list," I can now check it off. :) I've said before on this blog that in finer restaurants in Beijing there are always menus that include photos of the dishes. However, this restaurant had one of the largest menus I have ever seen!
ha ha ha! It's almost too big to open up on the table! As I've said before, the process of ordering dishes at a Chinese restaurant is a serious affair and can take up to 20 minutes. My good friends wanted to make sure they ordered a great arrangement of dishes. And they did! I'm not all that keen on mushrooms but one of the dishes had the most delicious mushroom slices! And Lynn's mother ordered a small pot of delicious beef with carrots and potatoes just for me.
I'm glad I didn't have much for lunch on this day. All the dishes were just great!
Lynn and her parents. This restaurant also included a dinner show which began at 7:00.
It was a great evening with Lynn and her parents. I look forward to visiting Lynn in Bradenton, Florida sometime in 2010. :)
Earlier this week, on Tuesday, I met a friend and colleague, Simone, for breakfast at Grandma's Kitchen (a western food joint) in Wudaokou. We arrived a bit earlier than the restaurant opened so we meandered around the mall and into this clothing store, where I took this photo:
I know a certain attorney that might raise an eyebrow at this logo. :) However, this is China, where copyright laws are sketchy at best. :)
What a big breakfast! :) You can see the biscuits with sausage gravy, right? When I saw it on the menu I asked my dining companion if she'd like to split that dish with me. She said, "Biscuits? What do you mean?" You see, she's from South Africa where "biscuits" means what we in America call cookies. So I explained that it would be bread covered in sausage gravy. Unfortunately, the "biscuits with sausage gravy" was the most disappointing part of the breakfast as the "biscuits" had obviously been microwaved and were as hard as a rock! ha So I doubt she'll be ordering up biscuits at this restaurant anytime soon! ha We had some great conversation together and then I returned to my neck of the woods to rest up for the evening dinner with Lynn and her parents.
As of tomorrow (Sunday), I will work at EF for two more weeks. All my students know of my leaving and it's truly bittersweet. We've exchanged emails and will surely stay in touch. And in two weeks, there just might be pizza parties to mark my last classes! :) I will remain in this wonderful country for a bit longer, seeing great sights that I haven't had time to see and marking things off my list. :) It's a long list and I doubt I'll be able to exhaust my list. However, there are always future visits to Beijing to look forward to and you can be sure that my vacation days will be spent in China if at all possible. Can you imagine this? "Yes, I would love to work for your company but you must be willing to give me time off to visit China at least once a year!" I have no idea how hard it'll be to find a job in Nashville when I return. This whole "financial crisis" began while I've been living in China. When I moved here, George Bush was my president. Now, President Obama in our president and although I don't pretend to know much about him....I am pleased that he's a Democrat! Although I've been trying to deny it, the truth is that soon I will end a job (teaching) that I truly love and who knows what my future has in store for me. But I don't worry too much because this incredible experience of living and working in Beijing, China, came to me pretty much "out of the blue" (something totally unexpected). So I'm trusting that my approaching life back in the States will also bring many wonderful experiences. LL in C, T.