Goodbye Beijing, Hello Chengdu

February 22, 2011

This morning we packed up our bags, parked them under a net in the hotel lobby and made our way into the maze of hutongs behind our hotel. It was our first time divided into our three traveling groups. We made our way through narrow alleys to an outdoor market. It was filled with stalls for fruits and vegetables, tea, live fish and massive hunks of meat. We sampled cookies made from a four foot wide, paper thin crepe-like pancake, made while we watched and then, while warm, folded and folded and folded into neat little packages. Everyone declared it delicious.
Justin stopped for a yogurt on the street in a returnable clay pot with a paper lid. No bartering for price this time, and no singing to lower the price, either!
The birthday girl on the flight to Chengdu.
At the airport the students were whisked off to the school where the host families greeted them, and brought them home. We will see them at school tomorrow.

Happy Birthday Katherine!

More tomorrow….


6 Responses

  1. Avatar Nancy says:

    Glad to hear you all made it safely to Chengdu! Please let Justin know that I am very happy that he did not have to barter by singing to lower the price of his yogurt (as he unfortunately gets his “talent” from me). 🙂 I hope everyone has a great home stay and have fun at school tomorrow!

    • Avatar Ali says:

      Even though he didn’t sing the price of his yogurt down, he did sing in the Silk Market! I was lucky enough to witness his song, and it worked to! The guy was amused, as well as Stephen, Tristan, Caili and I. He even helped me by singing my price down!

  2. Avatar margaret haberman says:

    Thinking of you all. Glad you are in China and not New Zealand or Libya. MUCH love to all.
    Cathryn, so good to hear from you and that you had a cake for your birthday.

  3. Avatar Sandra Gamble says:

    Glad to hear you all made it safely to Chengdu. Hope this leg of the trip is as interesting and exciting as Beijing was! Safe & happy travels and good luck at the new school!

  4. Avatar William D'Alessandro says:

    Hi Ali, Singing for you supper is traditional. If Nana sang, she would starve.
    When you come home and visit us (nana/papa) you will expect to sing for your supper as well.
    In chinese

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