I oopsed and almost didn’t have phone service. On New Year’s Eve I discovered to my great dismay my phone had run out of money. Since it was the day before New Year’s Eve and I didn’t know who would be open but I knew I had to find some place and I was certain that I wasn’t the only person who needed to put money on her cell phone. I was right and there were a few mobile phone stores open, had to really look for them and ride my e-bike into the more populated area but I found China Mobile. That night we rode our e-bikes to the park near our home and shoot off some fireworks. The Chinese people there just stared at first then they went back to shooting off their fireworks.
January 31, 2014
New Year Day, not quiet as the day was full of firecrackers going off. The Chinese certainly love firecrackers. As I am writing this there is the constant sound of fireworks going off.
February 1, 2014
We took the new B2 bus to 360 Mall and did some shopping and eating at Subway an American fast food chain. We also Chinese tradition is that you wear new clothes on New Years day, well Nate decided that he wanted new clothes for new year even if he was a few days late. We will have to shop again as he found nothing he liked. Me however, I found a new dress.
February 2, 2014
Nena came back and was surprised to find no vendor carts out in front of the school. The place is really deserted not even the two lonely carts of a few days ago. ALL GONE.
February 3, 2014
Stayed home and practiced piano.
February 4, 2014
I practiced then for dinner we rode our e-bikes in search of a restaurant open today. We thought we were going to find nothing when we saw that the MEET CAFÉ was open so we parked and went in. However we soon found out that the café only served alcohol and had no food. Back into the cold and snow (yea it started to snow as we left the complex on our e-bikes); we did find a restaurant a national or to American’s a Muslim establishment. We got Beef Lo Men or 牛肉捞面 niu rou lau mian. I also had Nate take my picture in one of my winter masks. This one is black and gray check. My BFF Ellen asked about masks recently. I will get pictures of people with masks on once the students come back. I didn’t see anyone else with a mask and I was also riding my e-bike and couldn’t stop for pictures tonight. People wear masks for different reasons mine is to protect my lips for getting dried out. The air is very dry here and the winter cold and wind only makes it that much dryer. You see young children, the elderly, and anyone concerned about their health wearing masks. I guess the reasons are as different as the people wearing masks.